"Women of truth, women of service."
These are the words
that Kate Bozsik, the student commencement speaker, used to describe her class of
10 young women who graduated from Mater Ecclesiae College on May
31, 2014, in Greenville, Rhode Island.
Mater Ecclesiae College prepares
women who are consecrated, or discerning a vocation to consecrated
life, “for leadership positions in educational, pastoral, religious and social
services.” The integral formation program “maintains quality intellectual, spiritual, and
social standards, forms character, and emphasizes service.”
Kate said the
formation at MEC goes beyond mere academics, forming the graduates´ spiritual, apostolic
and community life. Thanking those who have offered support through
the years, she said, "We graduates are who we are
because of the sacrifices of those who came before us."
10 graduates, who come from Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey,
Ohio, Louisiana, Georgia, and Mexico, graduated with a Bachelors of
Arts in Religious and Pastoral Studies and a minor in
|A "Thank You" to Mary from the graduates.|
The Commencement Mass was celebrated by Fr. Frank Santilli,
Pastor of St. Philip parish in Greenville and a professor
at Mater Ecclesiae. In his homily, he told the graduates
that in the world at times, humanity is fragile and
suffering surrounds us. But he said Our Lady shows us
how to carry the cross toward the resurrection. He encouraged
the graduates, saying persecution and attacks from the world are
a reminder that “we do not belong to the world.”
Dr. Roger Anderson, professor of Western Civilization and Culture at
MEC, gave the graduates three pieces of advice during his
commencement address. He told them to “join all you learn
and experience to the mind of the Church.” He also
told them to cling to Christ, and that discipline and
devotion lead to true Christian freedom.
He quoted St. Augustine. “Our
love is our weight," he said. “What we love will
either raise us up or weigh us down. As Christians
we become weightless raising ourselves up to God, and Him
reaching down to us.”
Please keep these young women in your
prayers as they prepare for wherever God is leading them
For more information about MEC, go to http://www.mecollege.edu.