Ohio Dominican University (ODU) faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to join together to welcome new students and their families during the university’s annual Convocation Lecture and Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 13 on ODU’s campus at 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219. The day’s events will include a special Mass, Convocation Lecture, and welcome picnic.
Most Reverend Earl Fernandes, who was recently ordained and installed as the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus, will officiate a special Mass at 2:30 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel, which is located in Sansbury Hall (building #8 on the campus map). Immediately following Mass, Bishop Fernandes will deliver the keynote address during Convocation at 4 p.m. on the Oval, located in front of Erskine Hall. During Convocation, new students will sign the Book of Matriculation, which contains the names of students as they begin their education and is presented at their Commencement. Following Convocation, all attendees are invited to enjoy a free picnic-style dinner on the Oval.
“Convocation is one of the university traditions that I most look forward to because it’s all about new beginnings,” ODU President Connie Gallaher said. “This is a special opportunity for members of our campus community to come together to welcome new Panthers, enjoy each other’s company and get energized about all of the possibilities that come with a new academic year. I am grateful to Bishop Fernandes for his willingness and eagerness to help us create a special and memorable moment at ODU, and especially in the lives of our new students and their families as they begin this exciting new chapter.”
Bishop Fernandes was ordained and installed as the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus on May 31, 2022. He previously served as pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, a member of the Staff of the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C., and as Dean of the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati and an Associate Professor of Moral Theology. He holds a Doctorate in Moral Theology from the Alphonsian Academy in Rome. Bishop Fernandes is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, the Board of Trustees of the Pregnancy Center East in Cincinnati, and the National Catholic Bioethics Center. He previously served as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Catholic Theological Schools, and is currently a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.