Two possible popes are honorary alumni of Mount Saint Mary College

February 14, 2013

Newburgh, NY -

Cardinals Dolan and Turkson

Fr. Kevin E. Mackin OFM, Mount Saint Mary College president, recently recognized 654 bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates and a possible future pope during commencement at the campus overlooking the Hudson River.

In May 2012, His Eminence Peter Cardinal Turkson (above right), appointed president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace by retiring Pope Benedict XVI, addressed the graduates and their families. He promoted “justice and peace in the world, in the light of the Gospel and of the social teaching of the Church” and fostering relations with international Catholic organizations and others, “be they Catholic or not, that are sincerely committed to the promotion of the values of justice and peace in the world.”

Speaking about the education the graduates received at Mount Saint Mary College, Cardinal Turkson said it was a “rich blend of scholarship and spirituality.”

Among his many activities, Cardinal Turkson serves on the board of directors of Medicus Christi: founded to bring medical care into poor countries. Fr. Mackin is also on that board.

Closer to home, Fr. Mackin also made an honorary alumnus of Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York (above left with Fr. Mackin), during the college’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2009.

“Cardinal Dolan needs no introduction in this region,” said Fr. Mackin. “He is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and his magnetic personality makes a huge impression wherever he visits. It would be great if either Turkson or Dolan were selected to help build the global community.”

Additional photos can be found online: Cardinal Dolan, Cardinal Turkson

Click here to watch Cardinal Turkson's speech at the 2012 commencement ceremony.