Anna Maria College Announces Commencement Speaker
March 25, 2013
Anna Maria College announces that it has invited retired Bishop Remi J. De Roo of Victoria, BC to be the 2013 Commencement Speaker at the College’s 64th Commencement scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2013 at the Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA. In addition to speaking, Bishop De Roo will receive an Honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology degree.   Sister Joyce Snyder, a member of AMC’s founding Congregation, the Sisters of Saint Anne, will also be honored during Commencement with an Honorary Doctor of Human Service degree.
Bishop De Roo is a graduate of the Collège de Saint-Boniface (University of Manitoba) and received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology at Angelicum University, Rome, Italy. He was ordained the Bishop of Victoria in 1962 and was installed at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Victoria, BC. Also in 1962, Bishop De Roo was summoned to Rome by Pope John XXIII to participate in the Second Vatican Council. As part of the Council of Fathers, he addressed the Council on four occasions and also submitted and\or co-signed a number of written documents, known as “interventions,” on a variety of topics. Since his retirement as Bishop of Victoria in 1999, Bishop De Roo continues to share his experiences participating in all four sessions of Vatican II, as well as ministering and giving retreats around the globe from Florida to Manitoba to England and California.
Joyce Snyder, SSA, entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1959 and in 1965 she graduated from Anna Maria College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She received her RN from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, her BSN from Worcester State and her MSN from Simmons College. Sr. Joyce’s 50 year ministry has been centered on the poor and disenfranchised around the world and in particular those of Hispanic origin. From 1969 to 1976, Sr. Joyce served as a pastoral assistant in Chile, where she lived through the coup d’état against President Allende and the beginnings of the Pinochet dictatorship. After leaving Chile, she continued her ministry to the Hispanic population at Sacred Heart parish in Fairbanks, Alaska, where among other activities she worked with youth services including providing swimming lessons, directing Girl Scout programs and working with choral groups. Sr. Joyce’s ministry took her to Connecticut as well where she worked in New Haven and Norwich providing health services to those in need. She is currently in the Psycho-spiritual Accompaniment Program at the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile, and is expected to graduate in the near future.