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Aquinas Institute of Theology will award honorary doctorates to three exceptional recipients at the school’s May 9th Commencement. Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., President Emeritus, Catholic Theological Union, will take part as the Commencement Speaker in addition to receiving an honorary doctorate award, while St. Louis native, Dr. Theodore Dubuque, Jr., Founder of CRUDEM Foundation, and Ms. Kerry Robinson, Executive Director of The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, will additionally be awarded honorary doctorates.

Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., President Emeritus of Catholic Theological Union – the largest Roman Catholic graduate school in the United States, will serve as the 2014 Aquinas Institute Commencement Speaker, as well as receive an honorary doctorate award from Aquinas Institute. Rev. Senior is a member of the Passionist Congregation, was ordained a priest in 1967, and received his doctorate in New Testament studies from the University of Louvain in Belgium in 1972. He is a frequent lecturer and speaker; serves on numerous boards and commissions; and is actively involved in the interreligious dialogue.

Rev. Senior has published extensively on biblical topics, with numerous books and articles for both scholarly and popular audiences. He is the general editor of the acclaimed Catholic Study Bible (Oxford University Press, rev. ed. 2006) and Editor-in-Chief of the journal, The Bible Today. He is past President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, and of the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada. He currently serves as the President of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago. In 2001, Pope John Paul II appointed him as a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and he was reappointed in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI.

St. Louis native, Dr. Theodore Dubuque, Jr., M.D., is the Founder of the CRUDEM Foundation, Inc., which he created after traveling to Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Haiti, and spending six months there performing 250 surgeries. Dr. Dubuque’s family and local community rallied around his efforts. A close friend, St. Louis businessman, Carlos Reese, led the initiative to fully outfit the Haitian operating room.

With enormous enthusiasm, Dubuque, Reese and the St. Louis community fueled an amazing grassroots movement. Over the next two decades, against overwhelming odds and in the face of major challenges, the hospital developed from an eight bed clinic to a premier Haitian healthcare facility, now supported by several thousand donors and volunteers from around the world. In 1993, the CRUDEM Foundation assumed operating control of the hospital, and became a 501(c)(3) corporation. In 1999, CRUDEM and Hôpital Sacré Coeur was included as “100 Projects of the Holy Father for the Year of Charity” by Pope John Paul II. In 2004, the foundation moved their headquarters to Ludlow, Massachusetts.

Ms. Kerry Robinson is the Executive Director of The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, which is dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human resource development of the Catholic Church in the U.S. She is a member of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities in Wilmington, Delaware, and FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities) in Washington, D.C. Robinson has served on multiple boards, including the Education for Parish Service Foundation and the National Catholic AIDS Network.

Her service on national committees includes that of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and the Core Group of the Initiative of Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University. She is a trustee of FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities) and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Robinson is the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide: A Directory of Resources for Catholic Activities, has been an advisor to grantmaking foundations, charitable nonprofits and family philanthropies since 1990, and has served as the Director of Development for Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University. While there, she led a successful $75 million dollar fundraising drive to expand and endow the Chapel's intellectual and spiritual ministry and to construct a Catholic student center on Yale’s campus. Kerry is a frequent writer and speaker on the subjects of philanthropy, development and faith.

For more information, call Aquinas Institute at 314-256-8805.

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