Fordham University theology professor Bradford E. Hinze will be the featured speaker at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry’s 2010 commencement at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, Rochester.
Hinze specializes in the study of modern and postmodern Catholic theology, intercultural communications and interreligious dialogue.
During the graduation ceremony, St. Bernard’s officials will grant degrees to 17 candidates from school’s Rochester and Albany programs. Three will earn master’s degrees in divinity, two will earn master’s degrees in theological studies, 11 will earn master’s degrees in pastoral studies and one will earn a graduate certificate in pastoral studies. Many of the graduates already serve in leadership roles in the Rochester and Albany dioceses, and work in parish centers, hospitals and schools.
"At St. Bernard’s, we are witnessing the emergence of whole new professions for dedicated laypeople who choose to take up a career in the church," said Sister of St. Joseph Patricia Schoelles, president of St. Bernard’s and associate professor of Christian ethics.