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WHAT:            Lecture: The Life and Ministry of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen


WHEN:            4 p.m., Tuesday, March 8                


WHERE:         The Catholic University of America

                        Hannan Hall, Herzfeld Auditorium

                        620 Michigan Ave., N.E.

                        Washington, D.C.


DETAILS:       Most Rev. Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of Milwaukee, will deliver CUA’s inaugural Monsignor John Tracy Ellis Lecture initiated by the School of Theology and Religious Studies Students Association. In his address, titled “Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen,” Archbishop Dolan will talk about the life and ministry of the charismatic Archbishop Sheen, who has been proposed for sainthood. 


The lecture is named in memory of Monsignor John Tracy Ellis, well-known CUA professor of Church history from 1938 to 1964 who returned to the university as a lecturer in 1977 and remained active in teaching and writing until a few years before his death in 1992. In the early 1980s, Monsignor Ellis served as a mentor to Archbishop Dolan, who was then a CUA doctoral student.


Archbishop Dolan, who earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at Catholic University, served as rector of the North American College in Rome before being named auxiliary bishop of St. Louis and then archbishop of Milwaukee. His publications include “Priests for the Third Millennium” and “Some Seed Fell on Good Ground: The Life of Edwin V. O'Hara.” He is also a member of the CUA Board of Trustees.


Archbishop Sheen, who died in 1979, taught at Catholic University from 1926 to 1950. During that time, he preached to millions on the radio. Later his “Life is Worth Living” television series, described as the most widely viewed religious series in TV history, drew more than 30 million viewers. In 2002, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints opened the process for his canonization.    


The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. For additional information, call 202-238-1733.


SPONSORS:  Graduate Students Association

                        School of Theology and Religious Studies Students Association


MEDIA:           To cover the lecture, contact Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.






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