In an address to graduates at St Mary's Degree Ceremony, Cardinal Vincent praised the university's 'long tradition of Catholic Higher Education', explaining that there 'is nothing narrow or insular in this Catholic vision of education. It is open to all truly human endeavour.'
He also lauded the university for representing 'a most important point of contact, of engagement, between the world of Higher Education in this country and the Catholic Church', saying that this requires a 'wonderful combination of openness and faithfulness'.
The Cardinal explained that the same dimensions which are at the heart of Catholic education 'are fundamental to a sound and healthy life, both of the human person and of our society'. Addressing the graduates, he said: 'I hope that these are some of the echoes that you take from your time and life at St Mary's', elaborating that they are the 'signposts' to help the graduates to 'shape and develop' their young adult lives.
He advised the graduates: 'In the years ahead, steer a good course, be generous, compassionate, determined to make a difference and keep your mind and heart open to all that God wants to achieve in you. For in God's will lies your deepest satisfaction.'
The full text of the Cardinal's address can be found here.