May 14, 2019

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary To Award Honorary Degree To Jacqueline C. Rivers, Ph.D.

Dr. Rivers is Executive Director of the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies, Author
and a Former Lecturer at Harvard University


Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary will award a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa, to Harvard Scholar Dr. Jacqueline C. Rivers at its Concursus ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Dr. Rivers will also give the Concursus address. Concursus is the Seminary’s annual graduation ceremony where academic degrees are awarded to seminarians as well as religious and lay students enrolled in its college and graduate degree programs.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
10:00 a.m.
The Chapel of St. Martin of Tours
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
100 East Wynnewood Road
Wynnewood, PA 19096

The honorary degree will be conferred by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Saint Charles Seminary. Dr. Rivers will join a distinguished list of honorary degree recipients from the Seminary including Professor Andreas Widmer, Justice Samuel Alito, Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Judge Genevieve Blatt, Mr. William Fishman and Pennsylvania Chief Justice Robert N.C. Nix, inter alios.

Background on Dr. Jacqueline C. Rivers

Jacqueline C. Rivers has served as a lecturer at Harvard University and has presented at Princeton University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pennsylvania, the American Enterprise Institute, the Vatican, the United Nations and in several other venues. Her latest publication, co-authored with Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson, appears in the volume The Cultural Matrix. She received her Ph.D., Master and undergraduate degrees from Harvard University. Dr. Rivers is also the Executive Director of the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies.

Background on Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Founded in 1832, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary has been forming men for priestly service in the Catholic Church for more than 180 years.  In August 2018, the seminary reported an overall enrollment of 175 seminarians, the largest enrollment since 2000-2001. Of the 52 new seminarians, 18 are seminarians studying for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. With the generosity of many, these young seminarians are able to successfully transform into the compassionate and loyal priests and inspiring leaders of tomorrow’s Church.  For more information on Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, please call 610-667-3394 or visit


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