LATROBE — Benedictine Brother Norman W. Hipps was inaugurated as the 17th president of Saint Vincent College Oct. 11 during a formal vespers and inauguration ceremony in Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica.
Brother Norman officially became president July 1 following the announcement of his appointment by Benedictine Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, chancellor, Jan. 27.
During the inaugural portion of the ceremony, J. Christopher Donahue of Federated Investors Inc., chairman of the board of directors of Saint Vincent College Corp., read the inaugural proclamation, and Archabbot Douglas conferred the presidential insignia on Brother Norman.
In his address, Brother Norman focused on the college’s Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts mission and heritage.
"Catholicism strives to bring the virtue of hope to bear in the midst of life’s uncertainties," he said, "a hope that can be life-changing and life-sustaining, a hope in things seen and unseen.
"When Pope Benedict XVI was in Portugal this past May, he reiterated what the Catholic Church teaches when it is at its best, namely, that we do not wish to impose anything, but to propose ceaselessly, that each of us has been made for something greater, that God has a purpose for each of us, and that we look to a kind of hope that outlasts every human disappointment. We hold a treasure in earthen vessels, yet the inspired words of the prophet Micah invite us to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God."
Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt presided and made remarks before the final blessing.
— By Saint Vincent College