Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Monday, April 23, 2018

sr sheila3-webFrom left, Sister Sheila O’Neill, ASCJ, Ph.D., ’71, president of Sacred Heart Academy, with Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president of St. Anselm College; Anchor and Bob Schieffer, moderator of “Face the Nation” and Richard Meelia, Chairman, President and CEO of Covidien at the 121st commencement exercises of St. Anselm College. (Photo submitted)

HAMDEN – Sister Sheila O’Neill, Ph.D., of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, president of Sacred Heart Academy received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree at St. Anselm College’s 121st commencement exercises May 17 in Manchester, N.H.

Bob Schieffer, anchor and moderator of CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” and Richard J. Meelia, first chairman, president and CEO of Covidien PLC, also received honorary degrees.

Mr. Shieffer, who is marking more than 50 years in broadcast journalism and his 45th year at CBS News, was the commencement speaker.

“Each of these extraordinary leaders impacts the world in meaningful, positive ways,” said Steven R. DiSalvo, Ph.D., president of St. Anselm. “They represent the values and ideals that are at the heart of Saint Anselm’s mission to educate individuals who make and find opportunities to engage in the service of diverse local, national and global fields and communities.”

Sister Sheila is the first president of Sacred Heart Academy, a college preparatory school from which she graduated in 1971. She entered the congregation of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and professed perpetual vows in 1979.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in math from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, a Master of Arts degree in theology from Fordham University in New York and a Master of Arts degree and doctorate in educational leadership from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Mo.

Sister Sheila taught math and religion at Sacred Heart Private School in New York City and Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis before serving as principal of Cor Jesu Academy, for 16 years. Before being named the first president of Sacred Heart Academy in 2010, she served for three years as the head of mission advancement for the United States Province of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart.