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CUA Hosts the Eighth Annual Catholic Common Ground Initiative Lecture and Award Presentation


8 p.m., Saturday, June 24, 2006


The Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


Roberto Goizueta, professor and director of the undergraduate program of theology at Boston College, will deliver the annual Catholic Common Ground Initiative lecture at The Catholic University of America on June 24. His lecture is titled: "Put Your Finger Here…: Reconciliation and the Refusal to Cease Suffering." Margaret Pfeil, assistant professor of theology at Notre Dame, will deliver a response to his lecture.

The event also will feature the presentation of the group's Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Award to the Most Rev. Wilton D. Gergory, archbishop of Atlanta and past president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Catholic Common Ground Initiative gives its annual award to "an individual, group, or institution, which has furthered reconciliation and/or dialogue on important issues within the Church."

Archbishop Gregory was installed as Atlanta's sixth archbishop on Jan. 27, 2005. He was elected the first African-American president of the USCCB in November 2001. Archbishop Gregory has written extensively on liturgical and Church issues, including pastoral statements on the death penalty and euthanasia/physician-assisted suicide, and often serves as an advocate for African-American and Hispanic communities.

The event is free and open to the public with a reception following the lecture.


The Catholic Common Ground Initiative and the CUA School of Theology and Religious Studies.


For more information contact Sister Catherine M. Patten at the Catholic Common Ground Initiative by calling 212-431-7825 or by e-mail at


Those interested in covering the event should contact Katie Lee or Chris Harrison in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,