The following article was reprinted with permission from
the Institute for the Psychological Sciences website.
Virginia - “Make straight the way of the Lord. This
is in essence your privileged vocation; and the human person
your chosen field of mission.” These words of Mother Agnes
Mary Donovan, Superior General of the Sisters of Life and
the Institute of Psychological Sciences’ 2013 Commencement speaker, highlight
what sets an IPS graduation apart from all others.
May 22, 2013 was a celebration: a celebration not
only of IPS’ largest graduating class, but also of the
new life available to all men and women through Christ
and of the tremendous mission of mental health professionals to
be the channels through which this life flows.
The celebration began with a Baccalaureate Mass in the Crypt
Chapel of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the
The Most Reverend Paul Loverde,
Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, presided, alongside IPS President
Fr. Charles Sikorsky, L.C., J.D., J.C.L., Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P.,
graduates Fr. Mariano Vicchi, I.V.E., and Fr. Jaime Paniagua, L.C., and others.
In the homily, IPS chaplain Fr. Daniel Wilson, L.C., exhorted
students to “enter into the mystery of man” and like
Veronica in the 6th station, to “meet the face of
the suffering Jesus with the tools of your formation”.
Following the Mass, Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V., received
an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Fr. Sikorsky.
She then addressed the graduates, calling them to be “heralds
whose lives and whose practice of a healing profession ´make
straight the way of the Lord´”, pointing to the final
human integration and fulfillment: a transcendent life lived in communion
with the living God.” (Read her full address here.)
Twenty-four graduates received Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and
three their Doctorates in Clinical Psychology: James Hernadez, M.S., was
given the Student Leadership Award; Stephen Hamel, Ph.D., ABPP, the
Faculty Excellence Award; and Gladys Sweeny, Ph.D., the President’s Service
Lastly, Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P., senior editor
of Magnificat, delivered a tribute to the late Fr.
Benedict M. Ashley, O.P., renowned Catholic philosopher and theologian and
IPS professor from 2000-2002. Gladys Sweeny, Ph.D., announced the naming
of an IPS lecture hall in his honor.
Friends, family and graduates gathered for a reception in the
Memorial Hall to conclude the celebration.