St. Bernard's commencement is May 8 - Catholic Courier

St. Bernard’s commencement is May 8

St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry’s commencement at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, will feature Dr. Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, professor of ethics and theology at Drew University Theological School.

Twenty-eight candidates will receive master’s degrees in divinity, theology or pastoral studies, three students will receive graduate certificates in pastoral studies 30 students will earn certificates in lay leadership and ministries, and two will earn certificates from El Instituto de Pastoral Hispano.

A native of Cuba, Dr. Isasi-Diaz explores theological and ethical themes vital to the lives of Hispanic women, and focuses mainly on the religious practices and understandings of Latinas in the Unites States who struggle for liberation.

Also during the commencement, Dr. Ruth A. Lawrence, who served on the school’s board of trustees for nine years, will receive an honorary doctor of divinity degree in recognition of her work as a professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and for her contributions to the church and community. Dr. Lawrence is a nationally recognized expert in pediatric medicine and nutrition, helped pioneer the community poison-control system, and has promoted the leadership and equality of women in medical professions.

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