Wednesday, June 29 2022

STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan University of Steubenville will hold its 74th opening exercises on May 13 and 14, 2022. More than 760 students are registered to graduate in more than 100 degree programs.

This year’s class includes the first graduates of the Master of Arts in Catholic Studies and the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice programs.

Events begin at 6 p.m. on May 13 at Finnegan Fieldhouse with the Bachelor’s Mass. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco will preside and receive an honorary doctorate in Christian ethics.

Installed as archbishop on October 4, 2012, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, he led the faithful in San Francisco with unwavering determination amid an increasingly secular culture. A vigilant defender of the sanctity of human life, he called abortion “the new secular religion of our time” and advocates for eucharistic reverence to counter the culture of death.

He gained national attention for promoting the holiness and virtues of Saint Junípero Serra to counter the awakened movement that vandalized the saint’s statue, burned down one of his missions and removed the saint’s statue from the capital of Spain. State of California.

Cordileone serves as chair of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and other committees.

Beginning exercises are on May 14, beginning with the start of science at 9 a.m., followed by the start of arts at noon. Both will take place at Finnegan Fieldhouse.

Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College since 1965, will receive an honorary doctorate of human letters and will deliver the keynote address at the science and arts ceremonies.

Kreeft is perhaps the best-known Catholic philosopher of this generation. His over 80 books include “The Handbook of Christian Apologetics”, “Christianity for Modern Pagans” and “How to Win the Culture War.”

Kreeft converted to Catholicism during his college years when he discovered the centrality of the Eucharist, Real Presence, devotion to Mary, and other beliefs of the early Church Fathers.

His research interests range from Philosophy of Religion and Ethics to CS Lewis and Philosophy in Literature.

The Reverend Dave Pivonka, TOR, president of the university and a graduate of the Class of 1989, will preside over both ceremonies along with board members and advisors.

For those unable to attend, the ceremonies will be streamed online at

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