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Papal nuncio to speak at Walsh commencement ceremony April 30 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:50

NORTH CANTON –Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, will give the spring commencement address to more than 420 graduates at Walsh University here April 30.

As apostolic or papal nuncio, Archbishop Pierre is the pope’s representative in relations with the U.S. government and with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The university will award Archbishop Pierre an honorary doctorate of humane letters as a tribute to his accomplishments, including his support of the Brothers of Christian Instruction (who reside and serve at Walsh) and their service in Haiti and Uganda.

Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Pierre apostolic nuncio to the United States on April 12, 2016. At the time of his assignment, the archbishop was nuncio to Mexico, a position he had held since March 22, 2007.

He came to Washington as an experienced diplomat, with first-hand knowledge of the plight of migrants from Central America and Mexico to the United States. Archbishop Pierre is the first Frenchman to be appointed as apostolic nuncio to the United States. He speaks English and Spanish fluently.

During the commencement ceremony, the Walsh University Founders’ Award will be given to Brother of Christian Instruction Charles Desjarlais. Established in 1985, the award recognizes those who have achieved national stature by demonstrating the ideals that inspired the Venerable John de La Mennais and Father Gabriel Deshayes in establishing the Brothers of Christian Instruction – the order that founded Walsh.

The ceremony will be held on the campus quadrangle and moved to the Alumni Arena in the Gaetano M. Cecchini Family Health and Wellness Complex in the event of inclement weather.

Commencement weekend activities will include the Baccalaureate Mass at 4 p.m. April 29 in the health and wellness complex.

 
 

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