Sister Margaret Carney, OSF, STD, president of St. Bonaventure University, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters from Christ the King Seminary during commencement exercises on May 10, 7:30 p.m., in St. John Vianney Chapel. Sister Margaret will also deliver the commencement address.
Presiding over his first commencement at the seminary will be Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo. Father Peter J. Drilling, president/rector of the seminary, and Dr. Dennis A. Castillo, academic dean, will confer degrees.
Rev. Mr. John Stanton, Jr. will receive a Master of Divinity degree. Bishop Malone will ordain Rev. Mr. Stanton to the priesthood on June 1 at St. Joseph Cathedral.
The following students will be awarded Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry degrees: Deacon David Clabeaux (Queen of Heaven Parish, West Seneca); Deacon Richard Stachura, Jr. (St. Mary Parish, Swormville); Sister Loryn Stephanie High, SSMN (Annunciation Parish, Elma); Frank Kedzielawa (St. Stephen Parish, Grand Island) and Arlene Zawadzki (Newman Center, University at Buffalo). Tammy Stanek (Immaculate Conception Parish, East Aurora) will be awarded a Certificate of Continuing Education in Theological Studies.
Sister Margaret was the first woman to earn a doctorate from the Franciscan University of Rome. She studied in Europe after completing master’s degrees in theology at Duquesne University and Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University. Sister Margaret holds five honorary doctorates and is the recipient of a number of other honors. She holds leadership roles with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities.