Aug. 31, 2006
Archbishop Wuerl Named to New CUA
Catholic University’s president announced that Most Rev. Donald
W. Wuerl, S.T. D., archbishop of Washington
and chancellor of CUA, has been named the first William Cardinal Baum
University Professor of Theology at The Catholic University of America,
effective Aug. 22.
Created by the CUA Board of Trustees, the professorship is
named in honor of Cardinal William W. Baum, third archbishop of Washington and
university chancellor from 1973 to 1980. The professorship will provide
Archbishop Wuerl with the opportunity to lecture and teach periodically in the
discipline of theology, while exercising his primary ministry as the spiritual leader
of the Archdiocese of Washington.
“The Catholic University of America is extremely honored to
welcome our alumnus Archbishop Wuerl to Washington
not only as our shepherd and chancellor but also, thanks to the wisdom of our
Board of Trustees, as our colleague on the faculty,” said Very Rev. David M.
O’Connell, C.M., president of the university.
Prior to his appointment as archbishop of Washington
and during his tenure as bishop of Pittsburgh,
Archbishop Wuerl was appointed a Distinguished
Service Professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh,
where he taught a course on the foundations of Catholic faith. An alumnus of CUA and its seminary, Theological College, Archbishop Wuerl is well known for his interest in Catholic education,
catechetical formation and the advancement of theology.
University professorships at Catholic University are rare honors that enable
the individual so named to teach or lecture in his or her field of expertise
without compensation or specific obligations as a faculty member of any
particular school or department. Archbishop Wuerl will share his
experiences and expertise within CUA’s School of Theology
and Religious Studies.
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