I accompanied my first year HS students this morning and we said a prayer for her...And we also discovered that Tita Cory was awarded the Elizabeth Seton Medal by the College of Mount Saint Vincent. The College of Mount Saint Vincent was founded by the Sisters of Charity of New York, the same congregation founded by St. Elizabeth Seton. The college is actually inspired by the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Cory Aquino graduated from this college in 1953 and when she returned to the US as president, she received the College's highest honor - The Elizabeth Seton Medal. (Incidentally, the Elizabeth Seton Medal is also given as the highest honor to a graduating HS student in ESS)
And together with the whole nation and the rest of world, the College of Mount Saint Vincent mourns the death of the former president.
COLLEGE OF MOUNT SAINT VINCENT OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Corazon Aquino graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in 1953. She earned a major in French and a minor in Mathematics and later studied law at Far Eastern University in Manila. She was the first female President of the Philippines and Asia’s first female President, serving from 1986 to 1992...
...There are heroic figures in history. Corazon Aquino is one of them. The College of Mount Saint Vincent is very proud to have been an influence in her life, and she was unwavering in her affection for the College. She returned to Mount Saint Vincent to receive the Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa, to be honored with the College’s Saint Vincent de Paul Award at the annual Scholarship Tribute Dinner, and to receive the College’s highest honor, The Elizabeth Seton Medal.
Corazon Aquino will be rightly memorialized in many ways, but we know that, in her humility, she would be most honored by those who seek to emulate her virtues.
Charles L. Flynn, Jr.