give special awards in graduation rites
La Salle University-Manila will confer on two outstanding
individuals special awards during the commencement exercises
on February 2 at the Philippine International Convention Center.
The Signum Meriti Medal will be given to Rev. Fr. Patricio
Lim, while a Doctor of Science honoris causa will be awarded
to Dr. David John Booth.
Rev. Fr. Lim, “a papal chaplain, outstanding pastor, and exemplary
counselor of married couples” as stated in his citation, was
ordained at the Gregorian University in Rome. A distinguished
alumnus, Lim had formal training from grade school to college
at DLSU-M (then known as De La Salle College), finishing a
degree in Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Summa Cum Laude.
30 Feast Day
Brother Mutien-Marie (1841-1917)
Louis Wiaux was born in a small village in French-speaking
Belgium. Neither physically nor emotionally suited
to his father’s trade as a blacksmith, Louis was
convinced that the Lord was calling him to a different
kind of forge.
sooner had he met the Brothers in a nearby school
than Louis determined to enter the novitiate in
Namur. Brother Mutien was assigned to the boarding
school in Malonne where he would spend the next
58 years. He was not only an effective teacher,
a vigilant prefect in the school yard, and a catechist
in the nearby parish, but a tremendous influence
on the students by his patience and evident piety.
his death in Malonne, his fame began to spread
through Belgium where many miracles were attributed
to him. His relics can be venerated in Malonne
at the shrine built in his honor after his canonization.
served different chaplainries, most notable of which are his
service as parish priest to St. Joseph Baras, Rizal, and Sta.
Maria della Strada in Loyola Heights, Quezon City. In those
two parishes, he served his apostolate through Marriage Encounter
Rev. Fr. Lim will celebrate the baccalaureate mass for the
current batch of graduates.
DLSU-M awards the Signum Meriti Medal to individuals for outstanding
performance in one’s chosen career or for other notable actions
worthy of public recognition.
Meanwhile, Booth will be awarded an honorary degree, recognizing
his lifework as an “accomplished scientist and technologist,
dedicated mentor of students of science, and outstanding proponent
of science education in developing countries,” as written
in his citation. Booth is a professor and head of the School
of Biophysical Sciences and Electrical Engineering at the
Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.
A Doctor of Philosophy in Science graduate of Melbourne University,
Booth spent 35 years teaching and doing research in various
Asian countries including Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia,
Hong Kong, and the Philippines. He was in the Philippines
under the Australian International Development Program to
introduce laser radar research.
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