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WICHITA – Newman University conferred honorary degrees upon the Most Rev. Ronald M. Gilmore, Bishop of the Diocese of Dodge City, and Sister Therese Wetta, ASC, Councilor on the ASC International Leadership Team in Rome, during the fall commencement at Central Community Church, Dec. 13. Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., president of Newman University, presented the degrees to the recipients. Both were honored as Doctors of Humane Letters, honoris causa.
Msgr. Robert Hemberger, Vicar General of the Diocese of Wichita, read the citation for Bishop Gilmore’s conferral. “For the example of Christ-like charity he sets, the love of the Church and its people he manifests, and the commitment to servant leadership that his life has been built upon, we proudly honor Bishop Ronald Gilmore this day. His commitment to Catholic education has remained constant during his career.” Bishop Gilmore taught theology at Newman from 1969 to 1971 when the institution was known as Sacred Heart College.
Joan Felts, Ph. D., Professor Emerita (Nursing), read the citation for Sister Therese’s conferral. “As a teacher, academic leader, spiritual caregiver, and global ambassador, Sister Therese has inspired and served thousands of people around the world. We honor her today as an exemplar of the Newman University mission.” She has worked with Catholic Charities USA to support the work of other congregations and their sponsored ministries throughout the world. Sister Therese served at St. Mary of the Plains College as Vice President of Academic Affairs from 1983 to 1988. During the commencement exercises 32 graduates received associate’s degree; 93 received bachelor’s degrees and 44 received master’s degrees.