Bishop Timothy Senior, Rector of St. Charles Seminary, announced the exciting news via e-mail to the Seminary Community:
It is with great joy that I inform you that the Honorable Samuel A. Alito, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, has accepted an invitation to join us at Concursus this year. At that time, Justice Alito will receive an honorary degree from the Seminary and deliver an address to our community.
A native of nearby Hamilton, New Jersey, Alito at the time of his confirmation was the eleventh Roman Catholic to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.
Saint Charles Seminary has a long history of hosting distinguished speakers, including Saint Teresa of Calcutta and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, but never a sitting Supreme Court Justice.
Concursus, to be held on Wednesday, May 17th, marks the end of the Seminary’s academic year. Seminarians – as well as lay students – will receive B.A., M.A., and M.Div. degrees in Philosophy and Theology at that occasion, as well as various awards. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia and President of the Board of Trustees, will preside over the event.
More updates to come.