Immaculata University will hold its 91st Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17, at 1:30 p.m. on the campus of Immaculata University. The president of Immaculata University, Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., will confer degrees on 867 graduates. Eighty-six students will receive doctorate degrees, 161 master’s degrees, 605 will earn undergraduate degrees and 15 students will earn associate degrees. As part of the class of 2015, the first four students in the inaugural class of the Ed.D. in Higher Education will receive their diplomas.
The Commencement speaker will be Colleen Carroll Campbell who will also receive the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters. Dr. Thomas Catena is the recipient of the Immaculata Medal.
Colleen Carroll Campbell
Colleen Carroll Campbell is an author, print and broadcast journalist and former presidential speechwriter. In addition to her critically acclaimed first book, The New Faithful, and her award-winning spiritual memoir, My Sisters the Saints, her journalism credits include contributions to the New York Times, Washington Post, First Things and America, and appearances on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, PBS and NPR.
Campbell has served as executive producer and anchor of EWTN News Nightly with Colleen Carroll Campbell, a television newscast airing worldwide on EWTN, the world’s largest religious media network, and as creator and host of EWTN’s Faith & Culture television and radio interview show. In 2013, she anchored EWTN’s live television coverage of the historic election and installation of Pope Francis in Rome.
A former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, editorial writer and op-ed columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and recipient of an honorary doctorate for her journalism work from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Campbell is a lay consultant to the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She speaks to audiences across North America and Europe and lives with her family near Washington, D.C.
Dr. Thomas Catena
Spending the past 16 years as a missionary doctor with the Catholic Medical Mission Board, Tom Catena became the medical director and sole physician at Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountain region of Sudan. Dr. Catena established the facility in 2007 with Bishop Macram Gassis, bishop of El Obeid Diocese – Sudan. As the only doctor at the only hospital in this war-torn region, he works in the most basic of facilities with pumped water, pit latrines, and supplies replenished only twice a year. During his time in the Nuba Mountains, Dr. Catena has witnessed an escalation of the civil war, an intense outbreak of malaria, and an unyielding supply of patients. He treated more than 200 people the day the hospital opened.
Born and raised in Amsterdam, NY, Dr. Catena attended Brown University, studying mechanical engineering. After graduating, he decided to pursue a medical career at Duke University School of Medicine. It was during his residency that he began to participate in medical mission trips to Guyana and Honduras.
For his tireless efforts, Dr. Catena has been honored with the National Football Foundation’s Gold Medal; recognized as a Catholic Hero by Catholic Digest; given the 2013 Brown Alumni Association Williams Rogers Award; and most recently named one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time Magazine.
“More than an accomplished doctor and generous man, Dr. Thomas Catena is a witness. Someone who gives more than time, talent and treasure,” stated Father Christopher Rogers, chaplain for Immaculata University. “Reminding us that the gift of oneself is the most powerful gift of all. And to give oneself to others is the path of human fulfillment.”
Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.