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Belmont Abbey College Thrilled by Supreme Court Decision on Hobby Lobby Case

BELMONT, N.C. (June 30, 2014) — “Belmont Abbey College was the first organization to sue the federal government over the HHS mandate’s infringement on its religious freedom. Therefore, today’s Supreme Court decision is an especially meaningful victory that sends a clear message to the current administration that our freedom is a God given right and cannot be usurped by any group or individual,” said Belmont Abbey College President Dr. Bill Thierfelder. “With the continuing help of the Becket Fund, we are inspired to fight on and we are confident that the resolution of our case will further help to ensure religious freedom for all.”

The U.S. Supreme Court granted a landmark victory for religious liberty today, ruling in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that individuals do not lose their religious freedom when they open a family business. The court ruled 5-4 in favor of David and Barbara Green and their family business, Hobby Lobby, ruling that they will not be required to violate their faith by including four potentially life-terminating drugs and devices in the company’s health insurance plan or pay severe fines.

As Barbara Green said today in celebration: “The Court’s decision is a victory, not just for our family business, but for all who seek to live out their faith. We are grateful to God and to those who have supported us on this difficult journey.”

On November 30, 2013 the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a lawsuit on behalf of Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic liberal arts college founded by Benedictine monks, against the administration’s HHS mandate. “It is heartening that the Supreme Court has upheld the right to the free exercise of religion guaranteed to American citizens by the First Amendment to the Constitution. We are confident that our 138 year-old Benedictine community will be able to continue to operate our college, as we always have, in accordance with the faith and teachings of the Catholic Church,” said Abbot Placid Solari, chancellor of Belmont Abbey College.

Today’s decision has important implications for over 50 pending lawsuits brought by non-profit religious organizations, such as Belmont Abbey College. In two different respects, the Supreme Court strongly signaled that the mandate may be struck down in those cases too. First, it rejected the government’s argument that there was no burden on the Green’s religious exercise because only third parties use the drugs. Second, it held that the government could simply pay for contraception coverage with its own funds, rather than requiring private employers to do so.

“This is a landmark decision for religious freedom. The Supreme Court recognized that Americans do not lose their religious freedom when they run a family business,” said Lori Windham, Senior Counsel for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and counsel for Hobby Lobby and Belmont Abbey College. “The handwriting is on the wall,” said Windham. “The Court has strongly signaled that the mandate is in trouble in the non-profit cases, too.” The Belmont Abbey College case is now stayed and awaiting decisions from other cases in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Founded in 1876 by the Benedictine monks of Belmont Abbey, Belmont Abbey College strives to carry out a simple mission: “That in all things God may be glorified.” As a Catholic liberal arts college, Belmont Abbey upholds the teachings of the Catholic Church, including the respect for all human life. Participating in a system to provide services such as contraception, sterilization, and abortion pills would contradict the clear and authoritative teachings of the Catholic Church and thus severely compromise the mission and identity of Belmont Abbey College.

Monday, June 30, 2014|Categories: News, TopNews||

Belmont Abbey College Hires New Track & Field, Cross Country Coach

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Jay Phillips (right) will coach Track & Field and Cross Country at Belmont Abbey College.

BELMONT, N.C. (June 27, 2014) –  Belmont Abbey Director of Athletics Stephen Miss announced today the appointment of Jay Phillips as Head Men’s & Women’s Track & Field & Cross Country Coach at Belmont Abbey College. Phillips comes to Belmont Abbey from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he was the Associate Head Coach for Cross Country & Track & Field for eight years.

“It gives me great joy to be invited into the Abbey family,” Phillips said. “The Abbey is at the forefront of uniting athletic excellence with virtue, and for anyone who is moved by that purpose, there is no better place to call home. I can’t wait to meet, work with and mentor the young men and women God is gathering to this program.”

“We are thrilled to have Jay and his family join the Belmont Abbey College community,” Miss said. “Coach Phillips is a tremendous addition to our ever-improving staff, and we believe that his unique background is ideally suited to mentor and lead our young women.  Coach Phillips possesses a spiritual, academic, and athletic skill set that will enable him to articulate and to promote the ‘sport properly directed’ initiatives that are central to Crusader Athletics.”

During his tenure at Mount Saint Mary’s, Phillips guided the sprinters and hurdlers to multiple NCAA Division I National Championship qualifications. His athletes earned numerous IC4A and ECAC Championship all-east honors and dozens of championship qualifications.  His athletes broke eight school records, three Northeast Conference records, earned 20 NEC championship wins, two NEC Rookie of the Year honors, 34 NEC All-Conference honors, and 2 NEC Most Outstanding Track Athlete of the Year awards.

In 2010, Phillips started a “Faith and Athletics” program at Mount Saint Mary’s designed to integrate student-athletes vocation in sport with their call to live a virtuous life.  In 2005, Phillips earned his bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s in theology and received two prestigious academic awards the Flanagan Memorial Prize and the Sheridan Award. Phillips earned his master’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s in theology in 2008 and was a lecturer in the undergraduate theology department from 2008 until 2014.

As an athlete, Phillips was one of the Mount’s distinguished sprinters who consistently led the team on and off the track.  A member of the Mount’s all-time top sprinters’ list, he was also a member of the Mount’s All-East 4x400m relay team that still holds the school record.

Phillips and his wife, Dale, were married in 2006. The couple has two children, Adelaide (Addie) and Isaiah.

Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College focuses on the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit. Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., the College is currently home to more than 1600 students.  For more information, visit belmontabbeycollege.edu or abbeyathletics.com.

Friday, June 27, 2014|Categories: News, TopNews||

Alum receives “Dar Americanism” Medal

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is proud to congratulate Luis Lobo, Executive Vice President and Manager of Multicultural Markets at BB &T, on receiving the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution’s (NSDAR) DAR Americanism Medal. The medal is the NSDAR’s highest honor bestowed upon a foreign born, naturaluis lobo Alum receives Dar Americanism Medallized U.S. citizen whose career accentuates visionary leadership, unwavering patriotism, and an unbridled spirit of service.

Luis Lobo’s illustrious career, spanning over three decades, includes work in international, commercial, mortgage and retail banking. Mr. Lobo, a seasoned professional within the financial industry, also lectures at numerous universities across the country, sharing his insights on leadership, business culture, and the importance of giving back to local communities.

“Luis is a prime example of the valuable contributions America’s immigrants make to our nation,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “The Dar Americanism Medal is not only a recognition of Luis’ personal and professional achievements, but a testament to the limitless potential America’s immigrants are capable of, both in business and the community. The USHCC is proud of Luis’ continued accomplishments, which serve as an inspiration to America’s Hispanic business entrepreneurs and professionals.”

In 1983, Mr. Lobo earned a degree in economics and business administration from Belmont Abbey College. He also received his MBA from Campbell University, and continued his education at the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware, where he graduated with honors. In 1999, Mr. Lobo graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in the Advanced Management Program.

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation’s entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 220 major corporations.

 

Article courtesy of news.money.ca.

Thursday, April 3, 2014|Categories: News, TopNews||