The Catholic University of America

Aug. 31, 2006

Archbishop Wuerl Named to New CUA Professorship

Catholic University's president announced that Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, S.T. D., archbishop of Washington and chancellor of CUA, has been named the first William Cardinal Baum University Professor of Theology at The Catholic University of America, effective Aug. 22.

Created by the CUA Board of Trustees, the professorship is named in honor of Cardinal William W. Baum, third archbishop of Washington and university chancellor from 1973 to 1980. The professorship will provide Archbishop Wuerl with the opportunity to lecture and teach periodically in the discipline of theology, while exercising his primary ministry as the spiritual leader of the Archdiocese of Washington.

"The Catholic University of America is extremely honored to welcome our alumnus Archbishop Wuerl to Washington not only as our shepherd and chancellor but also, thanks to the wisdom of our Board of Trustees, as our colleague on the faculty," said Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of the university.

Prior to his appointment as archbishop of Washington and during his tenure as bishop of Pittsburgh, Archbishop Wuerl was appointed a Distinguished Service Professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he taught a course on the foundations of Catholic faith. An alumnus of CUA and its seminary, Theological College, Archbishop Wuerl is well known for his interest in Catholic education, catechetical formation and the advancement of theology.

University professorships at Catholic University are rare honors that enable the individual so named to teach or lecture in his or her field of expertise without compensation or specific obligations as a faculty member of any particular school or department. Archbishop Wuerl will share his experiences and expertise within CUA's School of Theology and Religious Studies.

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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,