The Catholic University Of America
Office of the President
Washington, D.C. 20064

April 4, 2002




Pope John Paul II today appointed the Very Rev. J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P. — a Dominican priest, theologian and member of the CUA Board of Trustees — as undersecretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome.  Under the leadership of its prefect, Josef Cardinal Ratzinger, the congregation exercises responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the doctrine of faith and morals throughout the whole Catholic world


“I am delighted I will be able to serve the Church universal in this assignment to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” remarked Father Di Noia at the announcement.  “I am grateful to our Holy Father for the appointment.”  Currently the Director of the Intercultural Forum for Studies in Faith and Culture at Washington’s Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, Father Di Noia’s appointment is effective immediately and he will move to the Vatican at the end of this month.


“The Church in the United States has been greatly blessed by the extraordinary wisdom, incredible talents and exemplary fidelity of this wonderful priest and theologian,” noted CUA’s president, the Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M.  “It is most fitting that he be recognized in this way.  Father Di Noia’s willingness to remain on CUA’s board is one more sign of a generosity and dedication that knows no bounds.”


Father DiNoia, a member of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, is a professor of theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington and an adjunct professor at St. Joseph Seminary in Dunwoodie, N.Y.  Prior to his work at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, he served for many years as executive director of the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (now the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops).  He has been a member of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith International Theological Commission and is editor in chief of the Dominican scholarly quarterly The Thomist.  In fall 2001, Father DiNoia served as theologian to the Secretary General of the 10th Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome.