An Act of God or Good Connections?

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It's about the time when colleges and universities send out feelers to potential graduation ceremony speakers, and it's no different at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. Well, almost. Its new president, Jim Towey, has connections—the kind that could get President Bush to come. He's the former Bush faith-based initiative director. Naturally, the invitation for the White House has caused a little stink in Latrobe. But Towey's not fretting since he can call on an even higher authority for help: the spirit of Mother Teresa. The former lawyer to the "Saint of the Gutters" plans a volunteer trip with 12 students to Calcutta right before the graduation.

With Anna Mulrine