The Catholic University of America

June 15, 2006

Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, New CUA Chancellor, to be Installed June 22 as Archbishop of Washington

Catholic University's leaders welcomed Archbishop Wuerl back to campus on June 6, 2006. From left: Archbishop Wuerl; Bishop William E. Lori, chairman, CUA Board of Trustees; Father O'Connell, CUA president; and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, outgoing CUA chancellor.

Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl will be installed as the Archbishop of Washington and the successor to Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick at a Mass of Installation to be held Thursday, June 22, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The installation will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the liturgical procession; Mass will begin at 2 p.m.

Upon his installation, Archbishop Wuerl will become The Catholic University of America's new chancellor. An alumnus of CUA and its seminary, Theological College, he served on the university's board of trustees for three terms. CUA's president, the Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., has said the appointment of Archbishop Wuerl brings "special joy" to the university.

A ceremonial procession of hundreds of priests, deacons and 80 Catholic cardinals and bishops will precede the Mass. More than 2,500 other invited family and guests representing the interfaith community, parishes, religious orders, Catholic and community organizations and the Diocese of Pittsburgh, will fill the Basilica. Limited general seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Archbishop Wuerl, 65, served as the Bishop of Pittsburgh for 18 years. He was involved in a broad range of community and interfaith initiatives, working closely with business and civic leaders. He has been at the forefront of finding new and innovative ways to make Catholic education affordable and accessible and has overseen an extensive social services network.

Currently, he serves as chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Catechesis and of the board of directors of the National Catholic Educational Association. He was involved in the development of the National Directory for Catechesis and the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults. Ordained to the priesthood on December 17, 1966, Pope John Paul II ordained him a bishop in 1986 at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Twenty-five representatives from various Archdiocesan ministries and groups, as well as other faith groups, will greet the new Archbishop, welcoming him to Washington. Later in the Mass, Archbishop Wuerl will deliver the homily.

The Basilica is located adjacent to CUA's campus at 400 Michigan Ave., N.E. For more information about Archbishop Wuerl or the installation, visit the Archdiocese of Washington's Web site at:


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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,