OTTAWA — On September 29, Saint Paul University in Ottawa presented the 2017 Alumnus of the Year Award to Archbishop Donald Bolen. Pope Francis appointed Bolen the eighth Archbishop of Regina on July 11, 2016. The installation ceremony was held October 14, 2016 at Holy Rosary Cathedral.
The award recognizes the outstanding achievement of one of Saint Paul’s alumni. Bolen has demonstrated, through his personal and professional mission, a steadfast commitment toward healthier and more vibrant communities. He is best known for his extensive work in the field of ecumenism, which has spanned two decades and advanced ecumenical dialogue on an international level. He is also known for his support of indigenous communities in Saskatchewan and his dedication to charitable causes. His extensive résumé also includes a large body of work in both teaching and leadership roles.
“Archbishop Bolen’s contributions toward the enhancement of social justice and the achievement of a more inclusive and compassionate society clearly demonstrate a strong alignment with the mission of our university,” said Chantal Beauvais, Saint Paul University rector. “As the recipient of the Saint Paul University Alumnus of the Year award for 2016-2017, he joins the company of many well-accomplished and celebrated men and women who have made and are making significant impacts and contributions to building a more humane society.”
“I am pleased to learn of the signal honour which Saint Paul University is conferring on Archbishop Bolen as Alumnus of the Year,” said Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, SJ. “Archbishop Bolen is well known for espousing the path to reconciliation among Christian bodies through his commitment to ecumenism; in society by his devotion to indigenous peoples; and in his preoccupation to identify with and serve the urban poor.”
Bolen obtained his honours bachelor’s degree in religious studies with a minor in English from Campion College at the University of Regina. Later, he entered the Seminary of Saint Paul in Ottawa, and completed his theological studies at St. Paul University, obtaining a bachelor’s, master’s and licentiate in theology.
Saint Paul University (1848) is the founding college of the University of Ottawa, with which it has been federated since 1965. It offers programs in canon law, conflict studies, counselling and psychotherapy, human relations, philosophy, public ethics, social communication, social innovation, and theology.