April 15, 2004
Contact: Chris Harrison
WASHINGTON, D.C. — America’s Catholic cardinals will travel to Minneapolis and St. Paul to concelebrate a Mass and to raise money for college scholarships at the 15th American Cardinals Dinner, to be held April 23, 2004, at the Hilton Minneapolis, located at 1001 Marquette Ave. South. The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and The Catholic University of America are organizing this year’s dinner.
Each year a different archdiocese hosts the gala event; this will be the first time the U.S. cardinals have gathered in the Twin Cities for the Mass and fundraiser. Most Rev. Harry Flynn, archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and 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 concelebrate a 3:30 p.m. Mass with Archbishop Flynn, the principal celebrant, at the Cathedral of St. Paul, located at 239 Selby Ave., St. Paul. Father O’Connell will be the homilist. (Note: For media opportunities during the Mass and dinner, see attached page.)
Special guests invited to the dinner include Most Rev. Gabriel Montalvo, archbishop and apostolic nuncio to the United States, Most Rev. William E. Lori, bishop of the Bridgeport Diocese in Connecticut and president of the CUA Board of Trustees, and James Towey, White House deputy assistant to the president and director, Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
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 beneficiary will be the Catholic Charities Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul. The center provides meals, clothing, medical care and other assistance for homeless persons and other individuals in need.
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 who currently serve as archbishops of U.S. dioceses. They are also members of CUA’s Board of Trustees.
The cardinals planning to attend this year’s dinner are:
· Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago and CUA alumnus;
· Cardinal William Keeler, archbishop of Baltimore;
· 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;
· Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia.
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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, or Dennis McGrath, communications director for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis at 651-291-4412.
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