Benedictine College 2014 Commencement

Helen Alvare to Deliver Keynote, Dr. Paul Camarata To Be Honored

  • Monday, October 21, 2013

Benedictine College has announced that Helen Alvaré,  noted speaker on women and the family for the Vatican, will give the keynote address for the 2014 Commencement Exercises, set for May 17, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium on the college campus.


In addition, Kansas City neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Camarata will receive an honorary degree.


Alvare cooperates with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations as a speaker and a delegate to various United Nations conferences concerning women and the family.  She publishes on matters concerning marriage, parenting, non-marital households, abortion and the First Amendment religion clauses.

Alvaré is a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where she teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and Property Law. She is faculty advisor to the GMU law school’s Civil Rights Law Journal, chair of the Task Force on Conscience Protection of the Witherspoon Institute (Princeton, New Jersey), president of the Chiaroscuro Institute (New York, New York), chair of the Catholic Women’s Forum, a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity (Vatican City), an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington, D.C.), and an ABC news consultant.


In addition to her publications in law reviews and other academic journals, she publishes regularly at, and in news outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, theWeekly Standard, and the Washington Examiner.  She also speaks at academic and professional conferences in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Australia.

Prior to joining the faculty of George Mason University, Alvaré taught at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America; represented the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops before legislative bodies, academic audiences and the media; and was a litigation attorney for the Philadelphia law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young.  She received her law degree from Cornell University School of Law and her master’s degree in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America. Paul Camarata is a neurosurgeon in Kansas City, Kan., and is affiliated with The University of Kansas Hospital. He received his medical degree from University of Kansas School of Medicine and has been in practice for 28 years. He speaks multiple languages, including Italian, and has been honored with the Patients’ Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Recognition.


Dr. Paul has always been fascinated by the lives of the Saints, and studied and worked in broadcasting before he studied surgery. He has been putting his broadcasting talent to use in his  Saintcast podcast.  He lives in the Kansas City area with his wife and three kids, enjoys running, playing piano, and spending time at home.


Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.