|Congratulations to the graduates!|
Greenville, Rhode Island, July 5, 2011 – “Bring all you
have received to your new mission in the Church.”
the words of Bishop Emeritus Louis Gelineau of the Diocese
of Providence during the June 18, 2011, graduation ceremony of
the students of Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville, Rhode
On the beautiful sunny morning, nineteen seniors received their B.A.
in Religious and Pastoral studies. Family, friends, benefactors, faculty, staff
and students gathered in the college chapel as Bishop Gelineau
reflected the “giving and receiving” of encouragement while pursuing one’s
Following the Mass, those in attendance moved to
the outdoor Grotto of Our Lady. Bishop Gelineau lead the
procession to open the commencement ceremony, followed by Mater Ecclesiae
President Luly Fernández, Ph.D.; Dean of Academic Affairs Patricia Camarero
Ph.D.: Commencement Speaker Dermott Mullan, Ph.D.; and the graduating class.
Ecclesiae President Fernandez welcomed all those present and thanked the
organizers. She then announced the board’s recent election of a
new Mater Ecclesiae College president, Dr. Deb Bauer, and presented
the new Director of Student Affairs, Cecilia Azcunaga.
Dr. Mullan, a professor and researcher in the area of
astrophysics with the Bartol Research Institute at the University of
Delaware, encouraged the audience to learn from the natural sciences.
He said that, just as classical physics required the knowledge
of quantum physics to explain the brilliant energy of the
sun, the contemporary world requires a new approach to catechetics.
He said the “sacred space” created by consecrated persons, so
evident to him when he hears the Mater Ecclesiae students
singing at Mass, reaches out in a new and non-confrontational
way to others, drawing them into contact with God. He
concluded by thanking the students for responding “Yes” to God’s
|Patricia Camarero, Bishop Gelineau, and Luly Fernández.|