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Maryland Residents Chair American Cardinals Dinner

13 February 1998


r.gif (1101 bytes)ichard O. Berndt and Michael J. Batza Jr. of Baltimore will be co-chairmen of The Catholic University of America's ninth American Cardinals Dinner to be held in Baltimore, university President Patrick Ellis, F.S.C., has announced.

The black-tie event to be held Friday, May 1 at the Baltimore Conven-tion Center honors eight U.S. Catholic Church cardinals and celebrates their support for Catholic University.

The Washington, D.C., school is a one-of-a-kind academic center: the national university of the Catholic Church and the only one established by the U.S. bishops.

The chairmen are highly regarded as leaders in the Baltimore area and are well known for philanthropic and community-service activities. Berndt is managing partner of the Baltimore law firm Gallagher, Evelius & Jones. Batza is chairman and chief executive officer of Heritage Properties.

In addition to his service on the financial administration board of the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, Berndt serves on numerous boards including the Baltimore Community Foundation, the Baltimore Development Corp., Downtown Partnership, Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore Equitable Society Insurance Co., Mercantile Bankshares Corp., and the Enterprise Social Investment Corp. He is former chairman of the Citizens for Harborplace. His awards include one from the Greater Baltimore Committee for outstanding community service. He also received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal from Pope John Paul II for service to the Catholic Church in Maryland.

Batza, in his capacity as CEO of Heritage Properties, is actively involved in developing commercial office, industrial, retail and mixed use projects. He was a founding partner of Meridian Healthcare, a national long-term, care provider. He and his partners sold the healthcare division to a New York Stock Exchange healthcare provider in 1993. He serves on community boards including the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Mercy Medical Center, St. Mary's Seminary & University, Gunston Day School, and the financial administration board of Baltimore's archdiocese. He is a former trustee of Colgate University and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and former director of Provident Bank, McCulloch chain saw Corp. He is chairman of the Archdiocese of Baltimore's capital campaign, Heritage of Hope. He also has received the medal of the Order of St. Gregory the Great.

The cardinals to be honored are: Cardinal William H. Keeler, archbishop of Baltimore and Catholic University trustee; Cardinal James A. Hickey, archbishop of Washington, D.C., Catholic University's chancellor and an alumnus; 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 Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles, a Catholic University alumnus and former trustee; Cardinal Adam J. Maida, archbishop of Detroit and Catholic University trustee; and Cardinal Francis Eugene George, O.M.I, archbishop of Chicago, University trustee and alumnus.

The Cardinals Dinner benefits financial aid for students at Catholic University, which has 10 schools offering doctoral or professional degrees. Tables for 10 and 12 are $10,000 and $12,000. For ticket information, call 202-319-5525.

The dinner, a project of the university's Board of Regents, moves to a different city each year where a cardinal heads an archdiocese. Previous dinners have been held in Washington, New York, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia and Detroit. Next year's dinner will be in Boston.

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