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Bank President, Detroit-area Pastor Chair American Cardinals Dinner

3 March 1997


ichael Monahan, president of Comerica Bank, and Monsignor Ricardo Bass, pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish, St. Clair Shores, Mich., will co-chair The Catholic University of America's eighth American Cardinals Dinner to be held in Detroit, university President Patrick Ellis, F.S.C., has announced.

The black-tie event, to be held Friday, June 6 at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dearborn, Mich., honors seven U.S. Catholic Church cardinals and celebrates their support for Catholic University. The Washington, D.C., school is the national university of the Catholic Church and the only one established by the U.S. bishops.

Mr. Monahan, who is active in inter-religious affairs and a recognized leader in business, civic and religious activities, has been president and chief operating officer of Comercia Bank since 1992, and president of Comercia, Inc., since 1993. He is a member of St. Regis parish in Birmingham, Mich.

Monsignor Bass, who received a Licentiate in Canon Law from Catholic University in 1983, is past president of the Canon Law Society of America. He served as Judicial Vicar for the Archdiocese of Detroit, and also as assistant professor of canon law at St. John's Provincial Seminar, Plymouth, Michigan.

The cardinals to be honored are: Cardinal Adam J. Maida, archbishop of Detroit and Catholic University trustee; Cardinal James A. Hickey, archbishop of Washington, D.C., and Catholic University's chancellor and an alumnus; Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles, a Catholic University alumnus and former trustee; Cardinal Bernard Law, archbishop of Boston, chairman of Catholic University's Board of Trustees; Cardinal John J. O'Connor, archbishop of New York, a Catholic University alumnus and trustee; Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, archbishop of Philadelphia and Catholic University trustee; Cardinal William H. Keeler, archbishop of Baltimore and Catholic University trustee.

The Cardinals Dinner benefits financial aid for students at Catholic University, which has 10 schools offering doctoral or professional degrees Tables for 10 are $10,000. For ticket information, call 202-319-5525.

The dinner moves to a different city each year where a cardinal heads an archdiocese. Previous dinners have been held in Washington, New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.

Link to: American Cardinals Dinner

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