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Bishop Earl G. Hunt, Jr,, The Commencement Speaker
One Hundred And Two Belmont Abbey Seniors
Receive Bachelor’s Degrees
One hundred and two
seniors were granted
bachelor’s degrees
during commencement
exercises on Sunday,
May 16. The
following students
graduated with honors:
Summa Cum Laude —
Dana S. Carrol, Kay
Warren Emmett, Rion J.
Forconi, Jean Marie
Kilpatrick, Glenn D.
Lahti, and Bruce M.
Magna Cum Laude —
John P. Marchwinski,
Dominick O. Mattera,
Francis M. Munchinski,
Lynn C. Reinhardt, and
Joan T. Spollen.
Cum Laude — William
W. Arrowood, Gregory
Hollingshead, William D.
Owensby, Tim Lee Patti,
Betty Lou Seay, Marie W.
Whitaker, and Brenda
Sue McClure.
Robin Ray Roberts, a
Political Science Major
from Jacksonville,
Florida, won the sought
after “Abbeyman of the
Year” award.
Lawrence 0. Agumade
of Aroke, Nigeria, grad
uated with distinction
when he received the
Wall Street Journal
Student Achievement
Award. A^madu, who
received his degree in
Business and Economics,
was presented with the
citation by Fr. James
Solari, the Academic
Jean Marie Kilpatrick
of Coral Gables, Florida,
received the Thomas
Oestreich award for her
academic excellence in
The graduates,
representing numerous
states and several
foreign countries, at
tended a solemn
academic Mass on
Sunday morning in the
Abbey Cathedral. The
baccalaureate sermon
was delivered by the
Reverend Alfred A.
McBride, 0. Praem, of
Washington, D. C.
Honorary degrees were
bestowed upon Bishop
Earl G. Hunt, Jr.,
Monsignor John P. Man-
1q^, Reverend Alfred A.
McBride, O. Praem, and
James Edward Stowe,
from Gastonia, North
Bishop Earl G. Hunt,
Jr. gave the com
mencement address.
Bishop Earl Hunt, Jr.
Belmont Abbey Celebrates Its lOOth Birthday
Friends and relatives
of the monastic com
munity at Belmont Abbey
joined in celebration with
numerous priests and
abbots from around the
country on Monday, May
24th. TTie festivities were
in commemoration of the
100th anniversary of the
founding of St. Benedict’s
Order at Belmont, North
Abbot Jude Qeary, 0.
S. B., who addressed the
congregatiwi at the cen
tennial Mass, said, “We
want to express our
a^Jreciation to Almighty
God for the rich blessing
that have come upon this
place and to those 100
monks who lie in our
The Very Rev. Egbert
Donovan 0. S. B., Ar
chabbot of St. Vincent’s
Monastery in Latrobe,
Pa., said his homily for
the centennial Mass,
“It’s true our semi
narians have dropped
from 49,000 they teU us,
ten years ago, to 17,000
“The name of the game
today seems to be
criticizing the churcii,”
he commented. “When
did our Lord set
numerical criterion
“We’re living in an age
when too many of us are
listening to the pr(^hets
of doom,” said the Ar
chabbot. “When we cele
brate the second century
at BelmtHit Abbey, we’U
celebrate a living church,
a (Church that’s under the
guidance of our Loi^
Jesus Christ.”
Visiting dietaries at
the celebration were:
Reverend Thomas A.
DtHinellan, Archbishop of
Atlanta, Georgia; Bish(^
Michael J. Begley, (rf
Charlotte; Bishop George
E. Lynch, DD, Auxiliary
Bishop of Raleigh; Ar
chabbot Egbert Donovan,
O. S. B., St. Vincent
Archabbey, Latrobe,
Pa.; Abbot Martin
Burne, President of tte
America n-Cess in ese
Federati(xi of the Order
of St. Benedict; Abbot
Brian Clarke, O. S. B., St.
Mary Abbey, Morris
town, N. J.; Abbot David
Melancon, O. S. B., St.
Joseph’s Abbey, St.
Benedict, Louisiana;
Abbot Robo-t Dodson, 0.
S. B., St. Gregory’s
Abbey, Shawnee,
Oklahoma; Abbot An
selm Coppersmith, 0. S.
B., Conception Abbey,
Mo.; Abbot Jerome
Koval, O.S.B., St. An
drews Abbey, Cleveland,
Ohio; Prior Harold
Heiman, O.S.B., New
Subiaco Abbey, Subiaco,
Arkansas; and Prior
Aelred Beck O. S. B.,
Benedict Military School,
Savannah, Georgia.
Archabbot Egbert Donovan, O.S.B., of St. Vincent’s
Monastery, and Fr. Joseph Kelleher, of Albemarle,
N.C. at the Abbey’s 100th birthday.

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