The Catholic University of America

Sept 3, 2008

Media Advisory

McGivney Hall

WHAT: Dedication of McGivney Hall

WHEN: 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

WHERE: McGivney Hall
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave., NE
Washington, DC

DETAILS: A 50-year-old building in the heart of Catholic Univesity's campus that had been out of commission for more than a dozen years will be formally dedicated as McGivney Hall in a Monday, Sept. 8, ceremony that begins at approximately 4 p.m. on the Pryzbyla Plaza at the north entrance of the building.

Participating in the dedication ceremony directly across the CUA Mall from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be Most Rev. Donald 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 Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus.

Formerly known as Keane Hall, McGivney Hall has been named after the founder of the Knights of Columbus, Rev. Michael J. McGivney, in gratitude for an $8 million gift from the Knights that made the renovations possible. A statue of Father McGivney is on display outside the southern entrance to the building.

McGivney, a five-story limestone building on CUA's central mall, required extensive renovations to make it habitable again. Its interior transformed, the building now boasts four classrooms, the 120-seat Keane Auditorium (retaining the name Keane in honor of CUA's first rector, Archbishop John Joseph Keane) and office space for the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. It reopened for business in August.

At 2:30 p.m., a Mass will be celebrated in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for those who plan to attend the dedication. The Mass marks the celebration of the founding of the John Paul II Institute 25 years ago. The dedication will immediately follow the Mass.

The John Paul II Institute, a graduate school of theology affiliated with both CUA and the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, was previously housed across Michigan Avenue from the main campus.

MEDIA: To cover these events, reporters and photographers/cameras crews must contact Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

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