Dr. Kathleen Borres of Export received the Nova et Vetera Award for Outstanding and Distinguished Service to Saint Vincent Seminary and the Church at the Friday, May 11 commencement of Saint Vincent Seminary. The award was presented by Very Rev. Edward Mazich, O.S.B., Seminary rector, and Father Patrick Cronauer, O.S.B., academic dean.
Dr. Borres came to Saint Vincent Seminary as an adjunct professor in the spring semester of 2002, and is retiring following 16 years of service. Her educational and professional backgrounds include a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a master of business administration degree from Plymouth State College, a master of arts degree in religious studies from Ashland Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Duquesne University.
Dr. Borres’ has been a committed and generous member of the regular faculty, always exhibiting a serious desire to pass on the teachings of the Church and knowledge of faith and tradition to others through her classroom teaching, administration, writing, and speaking engagements.
Father Patrick noted that in 2005 Dr. Borres assisted the Seminary in preparations for the Apostolic Visitation of January 2006. From 2007 to 2008 she served as the academic dean and the assistant to the rector responsible for directing the Seminary’s self-study report in preparation for the successful reaccreditation visitation of the Association of Theological Schools and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 2008. In 2010 she was promoted to the rank of associate professor.
From 2013 until the present, Dr. Borres assisted the academic dean as the coordinator of Seminary assessment and was instrumental, once again, in the ongoing preparations, oversight, evaluation and assessment of all aspects of the Seminary for the reaccreditation visitations by both the Association of Theological Schools and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education which took place in February and March of this year. In her teaching, Father Patrick said, she has been of the highest caliber, both in her knowledge of her fields of instruction and of Church teaching. She has also maintained a regular schedule of publications, especially in homiletics and the application of her learning and teaching to the lives of the faithful.