Bishop J. Terry Steib to Address CBU Commencement

Memphis- The Most Reverend J. Terry Steib, S.V.D., Bishop of Memphis, will present the 2012 Commencement Address to more than 460 Christian Brothers University (CBU) undergraduate and graduate students during the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 9:00 a.m. at Signaigo Field on the CBU campus.

The University is continuing its tradition of an on-campus outdoor ceremony as it marks its 141th graduation. Also being honored are CBU Golden Jubilarians, members of the Class of 1962, some of whom will be present for this commencement celebration.

Bishop Steib, born in Vacherie, LA, received his Theological Degree from Divine Word Seminary in Bay St. Louis, MS and a Master of Arts Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Xavier University in New Orleans, LA. He was ordained to the Priesthood on January 6, 1967 and subsequently served as Assistant Dean of Students at Divine Word Seminary in Bay St. Louis, MS where he also served as professor at St. Stanislaus High School.

Bishop Steib, was elected and served three terms as the Provincial Superior of Divine Word Missionaries, Southern Providence. He was also elected Vice President of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. On May 5, 1993, Bishop Steib was installed as the fourth Bishop of Memphis.

Bishop Steib has been recognized as a model citizen and religious leader for his countless good works, specifically in support of education in Memphis. His vision for the “Jubilee Schools” has reopened six elementary schools and is a testament to his unflagging support for the education of all.

For his extraordinary commitment to the education of everyone and genuine servant leadership in the Memphis community, Bishop Steib will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University during its Commencement Ceremony.

Prior to Commencement, the CBU Baccalaureate Prayer Service will be held on Friday, May 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1695 Central Avenue. Keith Norman, Pastor of First Baptist Church-Broad, is the keynote speaker.

Pastor Keith, a native Memphian, graduated from Morehouse College, completed the Institute of Church Administration and Management Programs at Interdenominational Theological Center, received honors and studied community revitalization and church/corporate partnerships at Harvard Divinity School and the Invitation Strategies for Church and Community Partnership, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a 2010 President’s Volunteer Service Award recipient.

As Pastor of First Baptist Church, his vision-inspired ministry has led to the development of The H.O.P.E. Zone (Haven of Perfective Empowerment) which is dedicated to Christian education, senior living, temporary housing for the homeless and other much-needed ministry and services. He is also the founder and principal officer of GREATER WORKS INC., a ministry with emphasis in organizational management aimed at empowering the church into action and optimum service to the community. Recently, Pastor Keith was chosen to moderate a national panel on youth violence prevention, where he was introduced as a “pillar” of the youth violence prevention movement. He is the shepherd of a ministry that is dedicated to serve a predominantly African-American community in transition which is targeted for revitalization in housing, education and crime prevention.

The University grants the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Business, Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Science and Mathematics, Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education, Master of Science in Educational Leadership, Master of Business Administration, Master of Engineering Management and Master of Science in Engineering Management.

In the event of rain or other bad weather, the Commencement ceremony will take place at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church (70 N. Bellevue Blvd.)

For more information on CBU’s commencement activities, visit or contact the Office of Student Life at (901) 321-3531. ###

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