Our Lady Seat of Wisdom is built on the Catholic tradition


Catholic Register, 27 April 2017

On April 29, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy (OLSWA) will graduate the first class of its newly approved bachelor’s degree program.

The small Catholic liberal arts college in Barry’s Bay, Ont., which opened in 2000 with nine students, has emerged from the other side of its provincial accreditation process as an innovative and creative leader in Catholic post-secondary education in Canada.

It received approval from the provincial government to issue three-year Bachelor of Arts degrees early this year — on Jan. 28, the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, to be precise. It was just the latest sign of Providence that the approval came through on the feast day of the intellectual model of the Academy. As The Register went to press, the academy was awaiting a few formalities to be confirmed so that the degrees could actually be awarded at the April 29 ceremony.

The academy’s motto, Veritas vos liberabit — the truth will set you free — was the ideal which guided George Dienesch, John Paul Meenan and Scott Nicholson’s bold venture 17 years ago, when they founded the academy in an unused convent on the shore of Kamaniskeg Lake in the small town of Barry’s Bay, about 185 km west of Ottawa.

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