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Saint Paul University conferring a Doctorate Honoris Causa to Father Ladislas Örsy, S.J.

Thursday, April 07, 2011  
Posted by: Katie Richards
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On Friday, April 8, 2011 Saint-Paul University will be holding its solemn closing of the academic year celebration, during which an honorary doctorate will be granted by our Chancellor, Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast. This is the prime opportunity to recognize academic merit by granting scholarships for excellence and Governor General’s Academic Medals to students.

This year, Saint Paul University’s honorary doctorate will be conferred to Father Ladislas Örsy, S.J. Father Örsy, was born in 1921 in Hungary. He joined the Society of Jesus in 1943 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1951 in Leuven, Belgium. He received his doctorate in canon law from the Gregorian University in 1957, and has been an active member of the Society since 1966.

Father Örsy is a theologian and a canonist. During the Second Vatican Council, several bishops retained him as an expert advisor. He was never afraid to forge ahead with new ideas or to articulate difficult theological arguments, and always did so with great depth and with the passion he has for his Church. It is because of this passion that he was never afraid to offer views on the future of the Church, which always led to a deeper reflection on its problems and challenges while inspiring hope, faith, and charity.

He taught canon law at the Catholic University of America, in Washington; at the Gregorian University, Rome; at Fordham University; and at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He also taught Roman law, the history of the philosophy of law, and canon law at Georgetown University in the United States.

All of Father Örsy’s books and articles are a gift from this internationally renowned theologian and canonist who inspires the greatest respect in all who have the opportunity to know him. The canonical world is enriched by his presence and his teaching.

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