The Catholic University of America

Nov. 11, 2008

CUA President Addresses U.S. Bishops

The president of The Catholic University of America, Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., addressed the bishops of the United States on Monday, Nov. 10, during their annual meeting in Baltimore. The last time that Father O'Connell had been invited to appear at the annual United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) meeting was fall 2001. "I am so happy to be with you again," Father O'Connell said as he began his address. "I am most grateful to all of you, our bishops, for your prayers, letters, encouragement and financial support over these years."

The president outlined some areas of success in recent years, including record enrollments, record fundraising including the annual national collection conducted by the bishops in their dioceses, new campus construction and other new initiatives. Citing the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the university, the growth of religious vocations and the renewed commitment to the Catholic identity and mission of CUA, Father O'Connell stated, "The past several years have been a time of great progress for Catholic University and, I believe, the university has moved far beyond the fits and starts of long ago in so many ways into an era of solid, forward momentum that places the national university of the Catholic Church in our country on the right trajectory and the path where it truly belongs. The task is far from finished but those who will lead the university in the years ahead will stand on solid ground."

After Father O'Connell concluded his remarks, Cardinal Francis George, president of the USCCB, commended him for his leadership as president during the last 11 years and asked him to convey the appreciation of the full body of bishops to the administration, faculty and staff of the university they sponsor.