Harvard Scholar Will Also Give Concursus Address

Today, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary announced that it will award a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa, to Harvard University Lecturer Dr. Jacqueline C. Rivers at its Concursus ceremony on May 15, 2019. Dr. Rivers is also the Executive Director of the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies. 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.

The Seminary’s Rector, Bishop Timothy C. Senior, said, “Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is honored to present its Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Dr. Jacqueline Rivers, a distinguished lecturer and scholar in the Sociology and African American Studies Departments at Harvard.”

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.

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. 

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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