College, university commencements set May 10-17

Cardinal Edwin O’Brien

An astronaut, a California state assemblymember, a U.S. State Department foreign policy advisor and a Catholic cardinal are among keynote speakers for commencement ceremonies at four local Catholic colleges this month.

Former astronaut James Lovell will speak at Loyola Marymount University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony May 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Sunken Garden. Lovell — the command module pilot of Apollo 8 (the first manned mission to the moon in 1968) and commander of Apollo 13 that survived a harrowing ordeal in space in 1970 — will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from LMU at the commencement.

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, the President’s Marymount Institute Professor in Residence, is scheduled to deliver LMU’s graduate commencement address on May 11, 10-11:30 a.m. U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Sung Kim, a Loyola Law School ’85 graduate, will be the keynote speaker at Loyola Law School’s commencement on May 18. (The Commencement Mass will be held on May 9, 7:30 p.m., in LMU’s Gersten Pavilion.)

California State Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) will be the commencement speaker for the May 10, 11 a.m. graduation ceremony at Marymount California University’s Oceanview campus in Rancho Palos Verdes. Located within the 66th California Assembly district represented by Muratsuchi, the university will present the legislator an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities at the commencement ceremony for his lifelong service for the benefit of those living in Los Angeles County.

On May 9, Marymount will hold its Commencement Mass and Hooding Ceremony on campus at 5 p.m. The liturgy, open to all graduates, family members and friends, includes a ceremonial blessing of the academic hood for each graduate.

Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, an international relations expert, noted author and tenured professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., will be the keynote speaker at Mount St. Mary’s College’s Commencement taking place May 12, 3 p.m., at the Shrine Auditorium. As a core member of the U.S. State Department’s working group on Religion and Foreign Policy, Love makes recommendations to the Secretary of State and the Federal Advisory Commission on how the U.S. government can better engage with civil society and religious actors in foreign policy.

This year’s recipient of MSMC’s Carondelet Medal, annually awarded at its Commencement exercises, will be Robert A. Smith III, the president of the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation and past president of the Catholic Education Foundation. MSMC’s Graduation Mass for all 2014 Mount graduates will be held May 12, 9:30 a.m., in St. Vincent Church next to the Doheny campus.

At Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Cardinal Edwin O’Brien will preside at the May 17, 8:30 a.m. Baccalaureate Mass for graduating seniors and their families in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel, and he will present the commencement address at the 11 a.m. graduation ceremony on the Academic Quadrangle.

Formerly archbishop of Baltimore and of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, Cardinal O’Brien currently serves as Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, which is responsible for promoting and defending Christianity in the Holy Land.

The cardinal will be presented with the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion at the commencement ceremony in recognition of his extraordinary dedication to God and His Church. Past recipients include Blessed Mother Teresa and Cardinal O’Brien’s onetime superior, Cardinal John O’Connor.


Voices

Seeking the face of God in the Scriptures

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Prayer is seeking the face of God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church recalls the story of how St. John Vianney once found a peasant praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The saint asked him what he was doing, and the man replied: “I look at him and he looks at me.”

Events

February 2016
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February 14, 2016

  • Sunday, February 14

    Mother Cabrini Library and Chapel Open House, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 3801 Scott Road, Burbank. The event is hosted by the Los Angeles Region.

     

    Italian Catholic Club of SCV Valentine's Day Dinner Dance, 7 p.m., Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Parish Hall), 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Come enjoy a delicious gourmet buffet dinner and dance the night away to the music of Linda Pippin. Wear your favorite red dress, shirt and/or tie. All adults (single or married) are welcome. Tickets are $35 each (prepaid), or $45 at the door. Please call Anna Riggs at (661) 645-7877 to reserve your spot by Feb. 10.

     

    Stations of the Cross, 2 p.m. Calvary Cemetery, 4201 Whittier Boulevard, East Los Angeles. Continuing each Sunday of Lent. For more info, please call Calvary Cemetery: 323-261-3106.

     

    Year of Mercy Mass and Pilgrimage in The Shrine of St. John Paul II, 3 p.m., Our Lady of the Bright Mount Church, 3424 W. Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles.  Mass celebrated in English with Fr. John Paul Gonzalez of Christ the King Church.  Mass will be followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and confession, with Divine Mercy Chaplet.  The closing prayer will be a blessing and veneration of the 1st class relic of St. John Paul II.  

    South Bay Catholic Co-ed Adult Softball League Pre-Season Practice Games, McMaster Park, 3624 Artesia Blvd., Torrance.  Must RSVP to Fred Lawler (League Commissioner) at (310) 504-0271 or fredlawler@hotmail.com.

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