April 24, 2003
WASHINGTON, D.C. — America’s Catholic cardinals will travel to San Francisco to raise money for college scholarships at the 14th American Cardinals Dinner, to be held May 2, 2003, at The Fairmont San Francisco, located at 950 Mason St. The Archdiocese of San Francisco and The Catholic University of America — the beneficiary of the scholarship funds — will co-host this year’s dinner.
Each year a different archdiocese hosts the black-tie event; this will be the first time the U.S. cardinals have gathered in San Francisco for the fundraiser. The Most Rev. William J. Levada, archbishop of San Francisco, and The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of CUA, will serve as co-hosts for the 7:30 p.m. dinner.
Prior to the dinner, the cardinals will be in attendance at a 3:30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, located at 1111 Gough St.
Special guests at the dinner will include Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, apostolic nuncio to the United States, and The Most Rev. William E. Lori, bishop of the Bridgeport Diocese in Connecticut and president of the CUA Board of Trustees.
Highlights of the dinner will include presentation of the $10,000 American Cardinals Encouragement Award, which recognizes faith-based initiatives that reflect Christian values. This year’s recipient is the Bay Area’s St. Anthony Parish of North Fair Oaks, San Mateo County. The parish serves a largely Latino population. One of the uses of the award will be to sponsor parish youth on soccer teams that will play at a new field on parish property that should be ready for use in early summer.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Catholic University's scholarship funds. Since its inauguration, the annual American Cardinals Dinner has raised more than $18 million to support Catholic University.
The dinner traditionally features all or most of the cardinals, both active and retired, who reside in the United States. All of the U.S. cardinals who currently serve as archbishops of dioceses also are members of CUA’s Board of Trustees. The cardinals planning to attend this year’s dinner are:
· Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, archbishop of Philadelphia;
· Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago and CUA alumnus.
· Cardinal William Keeler, archbishop of Baltimore;
· Cardinal Bernard Law, archbishop emeritus of Boston;
· Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles and CUA alumnus;
· Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop of Washington, chancellor of Catholic University and CUA alumnus;
· Cardinal Adam Maida, archbishop of Detroit.
Cardinals Edward Egan, Avery Dulles, S.J., and James Hickey will be unable to attend this year’s dinner.
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. Located in a tree-lined residential community not far from the U.S. Capitol, Catholic University attracts students from all 50 states and 95 countries. Approximately 5,500 students are enrolled in 11 schools and a college for non-traditional students. The schools offer more than 55 doctoral programs and nearly 100 master’s programs. Six schools – architecture and planning, arts and sciences, engineering, music, nursing and philosophy – award undergraduate and graduate degrees. Four schools – law, library and information science, religious studies and social service – welcome students exclusively to graduate level programs. CUA is the only U.S. university with ecclesiastical faculties granting canonical degrees in canon law, philosophy and theology.
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MEDIA: Members of the media may obtain more information about covering the dinner by calling Chris Harrison or Victor Nakas in the CUA Office of Public Affairs at 202-319- 5600.
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