The Catholic University of America

July 1, 2009

Catholic University to Host Year for Priests Symposium

School of Theology and Religious Studies and Theological College Co-Host Two-Day Event

In honor of the "Year for Priests," Catholic University will host a symposium on Oct. 6 and 7, 2009, that will explore the mystery of the priesthood in light of the Church's theological and spiritual heritage.

Titled "Ministerial Priesthood in the Third Millennium: 'Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of Priests' " the two-day symposium will feature talks by priests who are members of the CUA faculty, representatives of the Society of St. Sulpice and other clergy. The event also will include Q-and-A sessions and small-group discussions.

To view Catholic University's Year for Priests Web site, click here.

Co-sponsored by CUA's School of Theology and Religious Studies and Theological College, the national seminary of Catholic University, the symposium will be held in conjunction with Theological College's annual "Alumni Days" celebration.

Pope Benedict XVI designated June 19, 2009, to June 19, 2010, as the Year for Priests, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney. The Pope has declared Vianney, known as the Curé d'Ars, as the Universal Patron of Priests.

"It is fitting that CUA celebrate this year for priests with an educational gathering of clergy as CUA has long contributed to the effective formation of priests in the United States and to their education after ordination in many areas, including philosophy, social work, education, theology and canon law," says CUA's president, Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M.

Lectures and discussions will take place in the Great Room of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. The schedule of symposium activities is as follows:

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


8:30 a.m. Registration - Pryzbyla Center, Lobby
9:25 a.m. Welcome - Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president, The Catholic University of America
9:30 a.m. "Biblical Foundations on the Priesthood: The Contributions of the Letter to the Hebrews," a lecture by Very Rev. Ronald D. Witherup, S.S., general superior, Society of St. Sulpice
10:45 a.m.

"Priesthood, Priestliness and Priests," a lecture by Monsignor Paul G. McPartlan,
Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, School of Theology and Religious Studies

A Q-and-A session and discussion will follow.
Noon Lunch
1:30 p.m. "Faithful Stewards of God's Mysteries: Theological Insights on Priesthood from the
Ordination Ritual," a lecture by Rev. Michael C. Witczak, assistant professor,
School of Theology and Religious Studies

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


7:50 a.m. Morning Prayer - Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,
Crypt Church
8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast - Pryzbyla Center, Lobby
9:30 a.m. "Priest as Evangelizer," a panel discussion featuring Most Rev. Martin D. Holley,
Auxiliary Bishop of Washington; Rev. Walter G. Lewis, Diocese of Richmond; and
Rev. Vincent J. O'Malley, C.M., pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Emmitsburg, Md.
10:45 a.m. "Finding Our Way to God: Three Different Paths to Holiness," a lecture by
Very Rev. Lawrence B. Terrien, S.S., former superior general, Society of St. Sulpice,
1996 to 2002; alumnus of Theological College, 1972; and rector, Theological College,
1986 to 1992.
Noon Lunch
1:30 p.m. "A Contemporary Priestly Spirituality," a lecture by Monsignor Kevin W. Irwin, dean,
School of Theology and Religious Studies, and Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz Professor of Liturgical Studies.

A Q-and-A session and small-group discussion will follow.

For more information, call 202-319-5683 or e-mail

MEDIA: For more information about the symposium, call Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.