News & Photo Advisory

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002





WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bernhard Vogel, minister-president of the German state of Thuringia, will accept an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from The Catholic University of America on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m. in the university’s Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. Vogel will deliver a lecture after the conferral, entitled: “Germany at the Beginning of the 21st Century.” A reception will follow. Vogel has had an extensive political career in Germany, serving as a leader in the Christian Democratic Party, as the country’s minister for culture and education, and as president of the Central Committee of German Catholics.


WHAT:           Honorary Degree Conferral on Bernhard Vogel


WHEN:           4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13


WHERE:        Life Cycle Institute Auditorium

                        The Catholic University of America

                        620 Michigan Ave., N.E.

                        Washington, D.C.


DETAILS:      In recognition of Bernhard Vogel’s contributions to both Church and state, The Catholic University of America will recognize his achievements with an honorary degree: Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. Vogel has served as minister-president of the German state of Thuringia since 1992. Before that, he served as minister-president of the state of Rhineland Pfalz from 1976 to 1988. He has served for two terms as president of the upper chamber of the German Parliament, and as vice president of the European Democratic Union.


“Dr. Bernhard Vogel’s leadership in the Christian Democratic Party and in the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung [Foundation] makes it particularly appropriate that he be honored by CUA for his efforts to achieve political goals in accord with the Western moral tradition represented by the Catholic Church,” says The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of the university.


MEDIA:         Those wishing to cover the event must contact Chris Harrison or Victor Nakas at 202-319-5600.