The Diocese of Allentown held its second annual Catholic Charities Gala honoring Dr. Thomas Flynn (President of Alvernia) and Very Reverend Bernard F. O’Connor, OSFS (President of DeSales University), on February 22.
The two were honored by Bishop Cullen and Catholic Charities for their commitment to the education of students in the field of Human Services, through course curriculum and community outreach programs.
“Those of us fortunate to work at Alvernia share a vocation motivated by a profound sense of service, rooted in a commitment to education,” said Dr. Flynn. “Fostering our students’ growth—intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual—and supporting our students’ quest for professions that are callings, is serious work worthy of a career and a life.”
Fifty-one students at Alvernia were majoring in social work as of Fall 2008. Hundreds of others are preparing to work in helping professions.