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Notre Dame Gives Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Honorary Degree

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew received an honorary degree from the President of the University of Notre Dame. Credit: Greek Archdiocese of America

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew received an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame on Thursday.

The degree was given to Bartholomew by the University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC during an Academic Convocation held at the university in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

His All-Holiness delivered an address on environmental stewardship at the convocation and the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir performed “Creation: From Adam to Salvation.”

This is Bartholomew’s second stop data prestigious academic institution during his US trip, as the Ecumenical Patriarch visited Georgetown University earlier this week.

Prominent Greek-American Michael Psaros announced on Tuesday the establishment of the “Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Endowed Orthodox Chaplaincy” at Georgetown University.

The announcement was made at a dinner at Georgetown University held in honor of the Ecumenical Patriarch.

Michael Psaros, who serves on the Board of Directors of Georgetown University, offered $3 million of funding for the creation of the Chair. This is the second Chair Psaros has established. In 2013 he created “The Michael and Robin Psaros Endowed Chair in Business Administration.”

Psaros: Georgetown is now in possession of a true Patriarchal Seat

“Today, on this historic visit by His-All-Holiness to Georgetown University, my family is honored and humbled to announce the creation of ‘The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Endowed Orthodox Chaplaincy, Endowed by the Michael Psaros Family.’ The Orthodox Ministry at Georgetown will now last forever,” Psaros said and added:

“This Endowment is the opportunity for my family to give back to the Church and the University, a blessing of blessings. It is fitting, that Georgetown University, is now in possession of a true Patriarchal Seat, in the name of Bartholomew.”

On Monday, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visited Georgetown University where he attended an interfaith ceremony with Cardinal Wilton Gregory, archbishop of Washington, DC, Georgetown President John J. DeGioia, Thomas A. Reynolds III, chair of Georgetown’s Board of Directors, and Georgetown University students.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in the US

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met President Biden at the White House on Monday in a meeting described as “warm and cordial.”

The focus of their discussion was climate change. The Ecumenical Patriarch noted that the need for political leaders to respond is particularly timely in light of the imminent COP26 meeting in Glasgow.

Bartholomew also thanked President Biden for his decisive response to the pandemic and for his readiness to support developing nations in securing Covid-19 vaccines for their populations.

Bartholomew also has met on Monday with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Blinken said that they discussed the US commitment to supporting global religious freedom.

“We value our partnership with the Orthodox Christian community worldwide and religious minorities in Turkey and the region.”


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