The Catholic University of America

Sept. 9, 2008

CUA, Knights of Columbus Dedicate Campus Building

A long-empty building in the heart of Catholic University's campus was reborn Monday, Sept. 8, as McGivney Hall in a dedication ceremony attended by members of the CUA community and the Knights of Columbus.

Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington and chancellor of Catholic University; Most Rev. William E. Lori, bishop of Bridgeport, Conn., and chairman of CUA's Board of Trustees; Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of Catholic University; and Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus participated in a program that included the blessing of the building and remarks and prayers for the occasion.

The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization with deep historical ties to CUA, donated $8 million to renovate the building, which is named in honor of Knights founder Rev. Michael J. McGivney.

The limestone McGivney Hall, vacant for a dozen years, is the new home to the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, a graduate school of theology affiliated with both CUA and the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.

The renovated building includes office space for the institute as well as four classrooms and the 120-seat Keane Auditorium (retaining the name Keane in honor of CUA's first rector, Archbishop John Joseph Keane).

Click here to watch the dedication ceremony. See photos of the dedication below.

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  (Left to right) Most Rev. William E. Lori, bishop of Bridgeport, Conn., and chairman of CUA's Board of Trustees; Carl A. Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus; Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington and chancellor of Catholic University; and Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of Catholic University, cut the ribbon for McGivney Hall's dedication.

 

 

Father O'Connell gives remarks at the dedication.  

 

 

  McGivney Hall

 

Archbishop Wuerl (left) gives a blessing at the dedication of McGivney Hall. Also taking part in the ceremony are (left to right) Supreme Knight Anderson, Bishop Lori and Father O'Connell.  

 

  Members of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus join (left to right) Bishop Lori, Supreme Knight Anderson, Father O'Connell and Archbishop Wuerl in the unveiling of the statue of Rev. Michael J. McGivney.