The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton, will serve as the commencement speaker for The University’s class of 2014.
University President Rev. Kevin Quinn, S.J., said that Bambera shares the vision of the first bishop of Scranton, who established The University 125 years ago.
“As bishop of the Diocese of Scranton and as a former Trustee of The University, bishop Bambera has demonstrated his support of the important transformational role a Scranton education plays in the lives of students and its impact through them in making the world more just,” Quinn said.
Bambera, who was born in Carbondale, is the 10th bishop of Scranton, appointed in 2010. Over the years, he has served the Diocese of Scranton in many ways, including as the delegate of Cardinal Justin Rigali, canonical consultant for pastoral planning, Episcopal vicar for the Central Region, moderator of the Diocesan Annual Appeal, vicar for priests, director of continuing education and director of ecumenism and interfaith affairs.
According to a press release distributed by The University, Bambera has also been a member of the Diocesan Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission, the Diocesan Seminary Admissions Committee, the Diaconate Advisory Board, the Office of Continuing Education for Priests Advisory Board, the Diocesan Independent Review Board, the Priests’ Retirement Board, the Vocations Advisory Board and the Diocesan Liturgical Commission.
He was also made a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II in 1997.
In terms of his education, Bambera attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received his bachelor’s degree. He went on to study for the priesthood for the Diocese of Scranton and entered Saint Pius X Seminary in Dalton. He also attended The University, where he studied philosophy and theology.
Bambera went on to receive a Master in Divinity degree from the Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, a Licentiate in Canon Law from Saint Paul’s University in Ottawa, Canada, and a master’s degree in Canon Law from the University of Ottawa, Canada. Bambera was then appointed as a judge in the Tribunal of the Diocese of Scranton, a position he still maintains today.
Bambera will be speaking to graduating seniors at noon June 1 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre. At the graduation ceremony, Bambera will also receive an honorary degree from The University.
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