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Humanitarian Frances Hogan Named Assumption College’s 2014 Commencement Speaker

Assumption College has announced that Boston-based attorney and humanitarian Frances X. Hogan will deliver the address at the College’s 97th Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 17. During the ceremony, Hogan will also receive an honorary Doctorate of Laws and Letters.

Frances X. Hogan, a partner with the firm Lyne, Woodworth & Evarts LLP since 1976, has, as part of her profession, engaged with the city of Boston to help improve its neighborhoods by making sure large construction projects (such as the W Hotel, Westin Hotel and Liberty Wharf complex) provide jobs for low-income earners. In addition, as an attorney who practices real estate law, she has negotiated contracts for affordable housing projects in Boston and Worcester. Hogan represents institutions, individuals, non-profits and government entities in connection with a variety of matters involving the development, financing, leasing and construction of commercial projects and residential complexes. She is also a national leader in the pro-life movement.

Assumption College President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., noted that Hogan was selected as this year’s Commencement speaker because she embodies the values of a Catholic liberal arts education, intertwining her personal and professional lives.

“Frances understands that the aim of education is to form virtuous citizens who will become advocates for the common good,” said Cesareo. “Not only has she demonstrated this in her efforts to create affordable housing, but also in her work as a tireless voice in the promotion and protection of human life and the underserved.”

Hogan serves as a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, which was established by Pope John Paul II; and is co-founder and former president of Women Affirming Life, a national group of Catholic women who are committed to the pro-life movement through their professions, their families and community services. She sits on the board of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference and chairs its Pro-Life/Pro-Family Sub-Committee, and worked to defeat the 2012 ballot question on physician-assisted suicide. Hogan has also served on the boards of the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund, the Value of Life Committee, and Massachusetts Citizens for Life. In 2013, Boston Archbishop and Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley presented her with the People of Life Award.

“By choosing Attorney Hogan to address our graduates,” said Cesareo, “we hope to remind them of their moral responsibility to work on behalf of those in need, and also for the protection of innocent human life so as to sustain a civilization of love and human dignity.”

Hogan received her undergraduate degree from Regis College and graduated with honors from Boston College Law School, where she served on the Board of Editors of the Boston College Law Review. She was also admitted to the Order of the Coif, an honorary society for law school graduates. A member of both the Massachusetts and federal bars, Hogan is also a member of the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts and of the Lyne, Woodworth & Evarts LLP Real Estate/Commercial Lending Law Group. She lives in Everett, Mass.


In addition to Hogan, honorary degrees will also be conferred upon Janice “Jan” L. Fuller P’92 and Mark W. Fuller P’92; Fr. Benoît Grière, A.A.; and Dr. Paul Carpentier, M.D., C.F.C.M.C. ’82.

Janice “Jan” L. Fuller P’92 and Mark W. Fuller P’92: Janice Fuller served on the Assumption Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2013 and is the retired vice president of finance at Refco Inc./IDG New England. Mark Fuller is vice president of Worcester-based Benefit Development Group, and treasurer of the George F. & Sybil H. Fuller Foundation. He is affiliated with the United Way of Central Massachusetts, YMCA of Central Massachusetts, Barton Center for Diabetes Research, and New England Employee Benefits Council; is a trustee of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and EcoTarium; and is a former trustee of Higgins Armory.

The Fuller family enjoys a long history with the College and has been generous supporters of many of the College’s capital projects, most recently the Tinsley Campus Ministry Center, as well as scholarship support for students with financial need. They are the parents of a graduate, Kelsa (Fuller) Zereski ’92, and Mark’s late parents, Russell HD’88 and Joyce Fuller, were President’s Council members; Joyce Fuller served as a College trustee from 1986 to 1991. Janice and Mark live in Boylston. They will each be awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws and Letters for their years of service to and support for Assumption.

Very Reverend Benoît Grière, A.A.: In 2011, Fr. Benoît Grière, A.A., was named Superior General of the Augustinians of the Assumption. Born in France, he studied medicine at Reims University, earning his Doctorate in Medicine and later pursued theological studies at the Seminary of Reims. He subsequently attended the Catholic Institute of Paris, where he earned a master’s degree in theology. Fr. Grière entered the Congregation of the Augustinians of the Assumption in 1991, having completed his Novitiate in Sceaux (Hauts-de-Seine), and was ordained a priest in 1995 in Epernay, France. In 1995, he was named health services coordinator for the Diocese of Toliara, Madagascar, and became a theology professor in 1999 in the Seminary of Fianarantsoa. Fr. Grière also served as pastor, prison physician and director for the Center for Nutritional Rehabilitation. In 1998, he was appointed to the ethics committee for the Catholic Church in Madagascar. Fr. Grière returned to France in 1999 as first assistant to the Provincial of France, and was responsible for Bayard Press, the largest Catholic publishing house in France, with offices in Canada, the United States, and the Philippines. The North American editorial office is now housed on the College’s Worcester campus. In 2005, Fr. Grière was elected Superior of the Province of France for the Augustinians of the Assumption. During his tenure as Provincial he established the Assumptionist mission in Vietnam and South Korea. A Knight of the National Order of Merit of France, Fr. Grière helped establish the College’s campus in Rome. He has also been instrumental in encouraging Assumptionists from other provinces to come to Assumption College to study, teach and minister. Fr. Grière will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Dr. Paul Carpentier, MD, CFCMC ’82: As one of only three FertilityCare medical consultants in New England, patients travel from across the region to Dr. Paul Carpentier’s Gardner, Mass.-based In His Image Family Medicine clinic, of which he serves as president, to receive care consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church for infertility and other gynecological needs. In 2011, Carpentier was installed as president of the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals. He is co-founder of the Worcester Guild of the Catholic Medical Association and was named the 2004 International Outstanding Medical Consultant in Natural Family Planning and Natural Procreative Technology. Dr. Carpentier mentors students at three medical schools and trains nurse practitioners and family practice residents. Carpentier is a 1982 magna cum laude graduate of Assumption College and a 1986 graduate of St. Louis University Medical School, with honors in ethics and high-risk obstetrics. He also graduated from the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in Omaha, Neb. He, his wife Suzanne ’82, and their four sons live in Gardner. Dr. Carpentier will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

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Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews