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WHAT:             Blessing and Inauguration of the Monsignor Stephen P. Happel Room


WHEN:             4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14


WHERE:           The Catholic University of America

Caldwell Hall - room 100 (former Caldwell dining hall)

                        620 Michigan Ave., N.E.

Washington, D.C.


DETAILS:         The Catholic University community will gather Thursday for the blessing and

inauguration of the Monsignor Stephen P. Happel Room. A reception will follow the ceremony, which is open to the public. Rev. Francis Moloney, S.D.B., dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, will open the program with a welcome and remarks. He will be followed by faculty members who will offer brief highlights of Monsignor Happel’s career.


Monsignor Happel, then dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies,

died suddenly at his home in southeast Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, of a heart attack.  He was 59 years old.  Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis in 1970, Monsignor Happel served on the CUA faculty from 1973 to 1978 and, after teaching at several other institutions, returned to Catholic University for good in 1983. He was appointed to a permanent position as dean in September 2000, following an international search. Prior to that appointment, he had served for more than a year as the

school’s interim dean.



SPONSOR:       School of Theology and Religious Studies           


INFO:               For more information, contact the School of Theology and Religious Studies by calling 202-319-5683.









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