Thorneloe University Convocation

September 28, 2017

Thorneloe University to Honour Long-time Laurentian Faculty Member, Pioneers in Bereavement Support, and a Renown Church Musician

The public is invited to attend Thorneloe University’s annual Convocation on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Church of the Epiphany, 85 Larch Street in Sudbury. In addition to conferring degrees in Theology and presenting awards to students, Thorneloe University will honour four individuals who have made significant contributions to their communities.

Dr. Carol Stos will be inducted into the Fellowship of Thorneloe University for her many years of service in the classroom. Now retired from teaching at Laurentian, Dr. Stos developed a close relationship with Thorneloe University, particularly in her work with the Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). Dr. Stos has also been a long-time friend and supporter of Thorneloe University’s academic programs over the years.

Roslyn and Glenn Crichton will be awarded the Thorneloe Mitre for their work in bereavement support. From Cambridge, Ontario, the Crichtons founded and continue to operate the COPING Centre (Caring for Other People in Grief) as a place for broken hearts to come together, share their grief experiences, and find comfort and hope. With over 25 years of service, the COPING Centre has served thousands of individuals, with specific programs tailored to children, teens, young adults, adults, and those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Matthew Larkin will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Sacred Theology for his significant contribution to Canadian church music. Mr. Larkin is one of Canada’s foremost church musicians and organists and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Mr. Larkin served as the organist and music director at Christ Church Cathedral (Anglican) in Ottawa from 2003 until this past summer when he took his new responsibilities, again as organist and music director, at St. Thomas’s Anglican Church in Toronto.

In addition to addressing Convocation on Thursday, October 5, 2017, Mr. Larkin will perform a benefit organ concert on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm at St. Andrew’s Place, 111 Larch Street in Sudbury. The public is invited to attend this free concert. Donations will be accepted in support the Organ Fund for the Fielding Memorial Chapel of St. Mark at Thorneloe University.

Thorneloe University has offered academic programming in the humanities for more than 50 years. As a founding member of the Laurentian University Federation, on the campus of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Thorneloe is home to the departments of Ancient Studies, Theatre and Motion Picture Arts, Religious Studies, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, as well the Thorneloe University School of Theology.

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The Rev. Dr. Robert Derrenbacker, President, Thorneloe University
(705) 673-1730 x101

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