You are a Stonehill first: the first alumnus to be ordained a bishop in the Catholic Church. Pope Francis honored you with this office in 2015; today, you serve God’s people as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Chosica in the ecclesiastical province of Lima, Peru. For your episcopal motto, you chose words familiar to us at Stonehill College—those of Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross: “making God known, loved, and served.”
You have spent much of your religious life in Peru, where you have stood shoulder to shoulder with the marginalized who live in and around greater Lima. You have long cultivated active lay participation and served as a theological advisor to the Peruvian Bishops’ Conference. There, you have contributed to many pastoral letters that grapple with the social and political issues facing your adopted country.
Throughout your ministry, you have held a variety of pastoral and administrative roles, including provincial superior of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross, superior of the Congregation in Peru, and theological assessor of the Episcopal Commission for Social Action of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference. Over the years, you have remained close to your alma mater: you served on the College’s Board of Trustees as well as on the board of Holy Cross Family Ministries. In 1993, you received Stonehill’s Outstanding Alumnus Award, recognizing your dedication to building a church that ministers to the underserved.
For living the Holy Cross preferential option for the poor, for your faithful sheparding of the Catholics of Lima, and for being light and hope for the people of Peru, Stonehill College is proud to bestow upon you, Bishop Arthur Colgan, C.S.C., honoris causa, the degree of Doctor of Theology.
Citation read by Professor of Religious Studies Peter Beisheim