Emmanuel College to Honor Cardinal O’Malley and NEC’s Jim Brett

O'Malley Brett

New England Council President & CEO Jim Brett will receive an honorary degree this weekend from Emmanuel College, a Council member.  Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, will also receive an honorary degree from the college, and will deliver the commencement address.  Emmanuel College’s 93rd Commencement Exercises will take place on Saturday, May 9, 2015, on the college’s Boston campus.

Cardinal O’Malley was named Archbishop of Boston in 2003, and was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2006. Throughout his career, he has been a passionate advocate for education and for outreach to immigrants, the poor and all who live on the periphery of society. In 2013, Pope Francis appointed the Cardinal to an advisory board of eight cardinals from around the world to assist in Church governance and also appointed him in 2014 to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

“Cardinal O’Malley has led the Archdiocese of Boston through an era of historic change with courage and conviction,” said Emmanuel College President Sister Janet Eisner, SND. “His engagement in critical issues of our time—and the warmth of his outreach—have earned him the respect and affection of our students and countless others in Boston and around the world.”

Jim has served as the President and CEO of the Council since 1996.  He previously served for over 15 years in the Massachusetts State Legislature.  Jim has been a lifelong advocate for people with disabilities, recently serving as the Chairman of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

“Jim Brett exemplifies the ideals of excellence and service that are at the core of Emmanuel’s Catholic educational mission,” Sister Janet Eisner.

Founded in 1919 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur as the first Catholic college for women in New England, Emmanuel today is a coeducational, liberal arts and sciences, residential college with a 17-acre campus in the heart of Boston’s educational, scientific, cultural and medical communities. Over the past decade it has been one of the fastest growing colleges in New England. For more information, please visit www.emmanuel.edu.

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