The Catholic University of America

Nov. 17, 2009

CUA President Addresses U.S. Bishops in Baltimore

  Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president

On Nov. 16, Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, gave the final address of his 12-year tenure to the bishops of the United States who were assembled for their annual meeting in Baltimore, Md. Appearing immediately after the address of Most. Rev. Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, Father O'Connell spoke to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in their first plenary session at the invitation of USCCB president, Cardinal Francis George.

Father O'Connell was interrupted during his speech by the applause of the hundreds of bishops gathered when he commented upon the importance he placed on fostering CUA's Catholic identity. At the conclusion of the address, Cardinal George thanked Father O'Connell for his steady leadership of "the bishops' university." The assembled body of U.S. bishops responded with a sustained standing ovation.

"It was very humbling," Father O'Connell remarked afterward. "I share their gratitude and recognition with so many folks who have served with such dedication and commitment over these 12 years."

Click here for the text of Father O'Connell's remarks.