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Conferral of an honorary doctorate on Father Louis Lougen, OMI

On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, Saint Paul University (SPU) will grant an honorary doctorate to Father Louis Lougen, Superior General of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The Doctorate Honoris Causa is the highest honour a university can bestow. It is granted to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the University, to their profession or to society in general.

The Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate played a major role in Ottawa in the construction of the diocese and in the growth of a small town, the future capital of Canada. The community invested itself in numerous fields in order to maintain the vitality of the Catholic Church while also playing a significant role in defending the French language. One of the great lasting achievements of the Oblates is an educational endeavour that continues to this day through Saint Paul University.


What:             Doctorate Honoris Causa Ceremony – Father Louis Lougen, OMI

When:            Tuesday, March 15, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where:           De Mazenod Chapel, Saint Paul University, 223 Main Street, Ottawa


Limited seats available. Please register before Friday, March 4, 2016.


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Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1952, Louis Lougen met the Oblates as a student at Bishop Neumann High School in Buffalo and entered the juniorate in Newburgh, New York, in 1970. He made his first profession at the novitiate in Godfrey, Illinois, in 1973 and continued his first formation at Oblate College in Washington, D.C., obtaining a Baccalaureate in Philosophy and a Master’s in Theology. He made perpetual vows in Newburgh in 1976.

On September, 28, 2010, the 35th General Chapter in Rome elected Fr. Louis as the 13th Superior General of the Congregation.

The granting of this honorary doctorate is part of SPU's 200th Anniversary Celebrations of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

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