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Cardinal addresses Regis College grads


Regis College president Dr. Antoinette Hays congratulates Cardinal O'Malley after presenting him with an honorary doctorate of law degree at the college's May 11 commencement. Pilot photo/Christopher S. Pineo

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WESTON -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley gave the commencement address and received an honorary doctorate of laws degree from Regis College at commencement ceremonies, May 11.

The cardinal entered the tent set up for the commencement with the procession of staff and faculty, ahead of more than 550 students across a spectrum of degrees ranging from associate to doctoral degrees.

As special assistant to the president of Regis College M.J. Doherty read the citation, she commended Cardinal O'Malley for his work as a teacher at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., as a missionary Capuchin priest, and as a bishop and later archbishop.

She commended the cardinal's work in Boston as that of a healer after arriving in 2003.

"During the next 10 years, you worked more through an authoritative mutuality and relationship than a top-down string of imperatives, more through a series of thoughtful decisions and quiet pastoral initiatives than occasional flourishes of power," Doherty said.

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