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Living the Social Gospel

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Below is the May 11 Regis College Commencement Address by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley

It is a privilege to be with you today as we celebrate the achievements of this year's graduating class. Regis College has more than eighty years of proud history educating women and now men to be leaders in society, in their professions and in the Church. We are all indebted to the vision and dedication of the Sisters of St. Joseph, who so wisely and so well established the foundation we stand on today. We are blessed by the very capable manner with which Dr. Antoinette Hays refines the Regis mission for today's world while holding fast to the timeless principles on which the College was founded. I am honored to be added to the ranks of those who have received honorary degrees from Regis College.

Wilbur Mills was a long-time speaker in the House and a one-time candidate. Mills was involved in a traffic incident in Washington, DC in 1974 when I was a young priest working there. His car was stopped by U.S. Park Police late at night because the driver had turned out the headlights. Mills was intoxicated and his face was injured from a scuffle with Annabella Battistella, professionally known as Fanne Fox, the Argentine firecracker. In an attempt to escape, they leapt from the car and jumped into the nearby Tidal Basin.

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