Thursday, January 17, 2013
National award recognizes President Francesco Cesareo for his support of campus ministry
Assumption College President Francesco Cesareo has received the 2012 Exemplary Administrator Award from the national Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA).
The annual award recognizes a college or university administrator who is “extremely helpful” to their campus ministry, and who consistently goes the “extra mile” to further the mission of Catholic campus ministry in higher education.
“I am humbled by this award and extremely honored to receive it,” said President Cesareo. “This award is really recognition of the important work that Campus Ministry does at Assumption College. As president, my role is to provide support for Campus Ministry so that it can enhance the spiritual life of our campus. It is my belief that Campus Ministry is an integral part of the educational mission of Assumption College since it helps students deepen their faith commitment and to live out their faith through their involvement in various prayer, retreat and service opportunities. The Catholic college is a place where students encounter Christ, and where faith gives meaning to everything the college does. Campus Ministry reminds the college community of this reality.”
James Rizza, Assumption’s director of campus ministry, noted the spring 2012 opening and dedication of the College’s Tinsley Campus Ministry Center, located adjacent to the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. He said it took “courage, vision, determination, and a lot of charisma” to bring the facility to fruition, and he credited President Cesareo for this accomplishment.
“President Cesareo understands how the Campus Ministry Center symbolizes that faith and service are at the very heart of an Assumption education,” Rizza said. “He incorporates faith and service into every facet of the college, and we are grateful to him for his leadership.”