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Pittsburgh, March 18, 2010 — The late Monsignor William A. Kerr, president of La Roche College from 1992 to 2004, will be honored posthumously at the Fifth Annual La Roche College Founders Gala on Saturday, March 27. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Westin Convention Center Hotel Ballroom in Pittsburgh. La Roche College President Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D., will host the event along with Honorary Chairs Richard and Nancy Zappala. All proceeds from the gala benefit the President’s Fund for Excellence, which supports scholarships, academic programs and other student-centered initiatives.

In recognition of his lifelong commitment to peace and social justice and his founding the Pacem In Terris Institute at La Roche, Monsignor Kerr has been named the recipient of the 2010 Ad Lucem Award, to be presented at the Gala. The award takes its name from the Latin words ad lucem, meaning “to light,” and recognizes individuals whose vision, leadership and determination have transformed their dreams into reality and illuminated a new path, resulting in positive and lasting contributions to society, the community and the professions. The award will be presented by Sister Candace Introcaso and Richard Zappala on behalf of La Roche College and its board of trustees.

As the founder of the Pacem In Terris Institute, Monsignor Kerr constantly promoted peace and understanding while improving the lives of hundreds of young people from developing regions around the world. Through Pacem In Terris, La Roche has graduated 451 students from 21 different countries.

Recipients of the Ad Lucem Award exemplify the mission of La Roche College to educate future leaders and to promote peace and justice in a constantly changing global society. They serve as role models for the power of education and dissemination of knowledge, principles embraced by La Roche’s founders, the Sisters of Divine Providence.

“Monsignor Kerr will be remembered by the College, the community and by those across the nation and around the world who knew him for his generosity and his work on behalf of the underserved, and we at La Roche are honored to recognize him as the deserving recipient of this year’s Ad Lucem Award,” Sister Candace said. “We hope the community will join us this year as we celebrate Monsignor Kerr’s life and legacy and his commitment to peace and social justice.”

The Founders Gala is open to the public. To learn more about the event, sponsorship opportunities or obtaining tickets, go to, contact Director of Special Events Bobbi Kress LaPlace at or call the Office of Special Events at 412-536-1087.

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