March 16, 2015
Communications and Marketing
125 years ago, under the leadership of our Benedictine founding fathers, Saint Anselm College was dedicated to the mission of providing an excellent Catholic liberal arts education in an atmosphere that encourages and supports the intellectual, moral, and spiritual growth of its students. As the 125th Anniversary year celebration continues, The Feast of Saint Anselm in April is an opportunity to remember Benedictine roots and to recommit to their ideals.
In this spirit, the college will this year award The Saint Anselm Medal in honor of its patron, Saint Anselm of Canterbury, who distinguished himself as a Churchman, Philosopher, and Theologian. The medal was first awarded in at the college's centennial in 1989, and is presented to honor a person who has made a significant contribution in at least one of the same areas as Saint Anselm himself.
The entire college community is invited to a Eucharistic Celebration and the Awarding of The Saint Anselm Medal to His Eminence Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, I.S.P.X., Cardinal Archbishop of Quebec City, Primate of Canada. The ceremony will take place on Friday, April 24th at 2:30 p.m. in the Abbey Church.
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.