April 24, 2015
Communications and Marketing
On Friday, April 24, the college awarded the Saint Anselm Medal for the second time in its history. Gerald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, I.S.P.X., Cardinal Archbishop of Quebec City and Primate of Canada, received the medal at a ceremony in the Abbey Church. Following the mass and award ceremony, a reception honoring the Cardinal was held in the Cushing Student Center.
The Cardinal was the celebrant of the Mass, with The Most Revered Peter A. Libasci, D.D., The Most Reverend Joseph J. Gerry, O.S.B., The Right Reverend Mark A. Cooper, O.S.B., and The Right Reverend Matthew K. Leavy, O.S.B., serving as concelebrants. He also offered the homily, during which he shared memories of visiting the Abbey Church as a child during its construction, and of contemplating his spiritual vocation there later on.
Bro. Isaac Murphy, O.S.B., Vice President for Academic Affairs, read the medal citation, and Abbot Mark offered remarks after the award was presented. The Saint Anselm College Choir offered a selection of music, including a choral anthem duet to Repentir by Charles Gounod by Noelle Michaud '17 and William Endicott '16 during communion.
The medal was first awarded at the college's centennial in 1989, to the great monastic theologian, Father Jean Leclercq, a Benedictine monk and author of The Love of Learning and the Desire for God. It was instituted to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to Catholic life in at least one of the areas in which the school's patron, Saint Anselm of Canterbury, so distinguished himself as a churchman, philosopher and theologian. The bronze medal was designed and sculpted by Sylvia Nicolas of Mont Vernon, N.H. It depicts the face of the statue of Saint Anselm, also by Nicolas, which stands in front of Alumni Hall.
"Cardinal Lacroix is a great churchman, and a living embodiment of the virtues and accomplishments of Saint Anselm. As we celebrate 125 years of Catholic education and Anselmian values, we are pleased and proud to present him with the Saint Anselm Medal," said Bro. Isaac Murphy during the ceremony.
Cardinal Lacroix was elevated to the rank of Cardinal by Pope Francis in February 2014. Prior, he was installed as Archbishop of Quebec City in March 2011, after serving as auxiliary bishop since 2009. He was ordained a priest in 1988 after earning a master's degree in pastoral theology at Laval University. As a member of the Quebec-based Pius X Secular Institute, he spent a decade in Colombia doing missionary work. Born in Quebec, he spent part of his youth in Manchester, where he graduated from Trinity High School and spent his freshman year of college at Saint Anselm. He left to pursue his religious calling, but received an honorary degree from the college at the 118th commencement ceremonies (at which he also spoke) in 2011.