The Most Rev. David A. Zubik, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, and The Rev. Dr. Peter J. Paris, the Elmer G. Homrighausen professor emeritus of Christian social ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary, were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees during Waynesburg University’s commencement exercises Sunday, May 3.
The degrees were conferred upon Zubik and Paris for the ways in which they parallel Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving.
Members of the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees presented the recipients and assisted with investitures.
The following citations were read:
Most Reverend David A. Zubik, D.D.
Bishop David A. Zubik, in recognition of your enthusiastic devotion to proclaiming the Good News, Waynesburg University honors you.
For four decades, you have led a life guided by Christ and have remained dedicated to furthering the doctrine of the Catholic faith. Indeed, forty years ago on this very day, the third of May, the Catholic Church ordained you a priest.
A strong, influential pastoral figure, your life shines as an extraordinary example of faith, service and leadership. Your deep conviction to God ignites that same passion in others as you serve the Greater Glory.
For your unwavering commitment to and passion for your calling, we admire you. For the ways in which your personal mission relates to Waynesburg University’s longstanding traditions of faith and servant leadership, we are pleased to recognize you.
On this anniversary of your ordination, for your distinguished contributions to your community and the Kingdom of God, it is with great honor that we confer upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Reverend Dr. Peter J. Paris
Reverend Dr. Peter J. Paris, in recognition of your steadfast commitment to the Christian faith and to all those you so diligently serve and teach, Waynesburg University honors you.
A distinguished scholar, professor, author and reverend, your voice has influenced people around the world. Your unwavering dedication to Christian social ethics has set you apart as an outstanding role model and an inspirational academic leader in religion and society.
Your scholarly work and ministry have expounded the certain truth that our society is strongest when we value the differences among us, and your personal commitment to your own walk with faith inspires others to walk boldly with Christ as well.
For your devotion to enacting positive change in communities across the globe, we commend you. For the meaningful and extensive impact you make through your work as a passionate educator and reverend, we are pleased to recognize you.
In gratitude and respect for your achievements and for the ways in which you parallel Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving, it is with great honor that we confer upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
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