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April 26, 2001 

Ten U.S. Cardinals to Be Honored at April 27 New York Dinner


The Catholic University of America will honor 10 U.S. Catholic cardinals at the 12th American Cardinals Dinner to be held in New York City on Friday, April 27, at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel.


            The black-tie event, to begin at 6:30 p.m., is co-hosted by Cardinal Edward M. Egan, archbishop of New York, and the Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of Catholic University.


            Prior to the dinner, the cardinals will concelebrate Mass at 3:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Patrick.


            At least 900 guests are expected to attend the dinner. Tim Russert, moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press" will serve as master of ceremonies. New York Mayor Rudolph W. Guiliani will deliver welcoming remarks. Special guests at the dinner will include Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, apostolic nuncio to the United States, and Tony-award winning actor Philip Bosco, a CUA alumnus.


Highlights of the dinner will include presentation of the Cardinals Encouragement Award, which recognizes faith-based initiatives that reflect Christian values, to Sacred Heart School in Bronx, N.Y. Entertainment will be provided by students from the university's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.


            Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the university's scholarship funds. Since its inauguration, the annual American Cardinals Dinner has raised more than $15 million to support Catholic University.


The dinner will honor all of the U.S. cardinals who currently serve as archbishops of dioceses.  In addition to Cardinal Egan, archbishop of New York and university trustee, they are:



The two other cardinals being honored also have connections to the university:



The Catholic University of America, established in 1887 in Washington, D.C., is the national university of the Catholic Church and the only one established by the nation's bishops. CUA has more than 5,500 students enrolled in 10 schools and a college for non-traditional students.





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