The Catholic University of America

July 19, 2006

President Bush Hosts Dinner Honoring Current and Former CUA Chancellors

Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl (far right), and Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick (far left) with the President, First Lady and Archbishop Pietro Sambi outside the White House. White House photo by Kimberlee Hewitt

Last night President and Mrs. Bush hosted a White House dinner to honor Cardinal Theodore E. Mc Carrick and his successor as archbishop of Washington, Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl. By virtue of this succession, Archbishop Wuerl replaces Cardinal McCarrick as chancellor of CUA.

Very Reverend David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, was among approximately 50 guests invited to the event, which also provided the occasion to salute Archbishop Pietro Sambi, papal nuncio to the United States. Among the invited guests were two members of Catholic University's Board of Trustees -- Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, and Sandra Andreas McMurtrie. CUA alumni at the dinner included Edward Gillespie, former national chair of the Republican party; Washington Auxiliary Bishop Francisco Gonzales, and Monsignor Charles Antonicelli. The dinner was also attended by members of the Bush administration including Chief of Staff Joshua Bolton and Secretary for Veterans Affairs James Nicholson.

The dinner was held in the President's private quarters at the White House.

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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,