The Catholic University of America

April 25, 2008

U.S. Cardinals Gather in Boston For Annual CUA Scholarship Fundraiser

Cardinals Celebrate Public Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross

Gathered at the 19th American Cardinals Dinner, held April 25 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston, are (from left, first row) Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Cardinal Adam J. Maida, Cardinal Francis E. George, O.M.I., Cardinal William H. Keeler and Bishop William E. Lori, and (from left, second row) Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl and Cardinal Roger Mahony.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - America's Catholic cardinals gathered today in Boston to raise money for college scholarships at the 19th American Cardinals Dinner, held at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, located at 606 Congress St. His Eminence Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap, archbishop of Boston, and Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, served as co-hosts for the dinner. All proceeds from the event will benefit Catholic University scholarship funds.

Prior to the dinner, Cardinal O'Malley was the principal celebrant at a Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Visiting cardinals, bishops and clergy concelebrated the Mass. Father O'Connell was the homilist.

"We are grateful to all who supported this year's American Cardinals Dinner to benefit Catholic University," said Cardinal O'Malley. "Because of many generous benefactors, significant funds have been raised to provide scholarships for students who will be the future leaders in the Catholic community throughout our country. We pray that the Lord continues to bless Catholic University in its mission to serve the people of God and the Church."

Each year a different diocese or archdiocese hosts the black-tie event; this is the third time the dinner has been held in Boston, the last time being 1999. In recent years the dinner has been held in such cities as Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis-St. Paul and San Francisco. Since its inauguration, the annual event has raised more than $22 million to support Catholic University.

Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., gives the homily at the Mass at Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross prior to the 2008 American Cardinals Dinner.

"We are constantly astounded by the generosity of those who attend the American Cardinals Dinner," Father O'Connell said. "By helping to provide scholarships for deserving CUA students, attendees are truly promoting CUA's mission of Catholic education. We are immeasurably grateful to the friends of our Church and our university for keeping this tradition of giving alive and well."

The dinner featured five of the seven cardinals who currently serve as U.S. archbishops. They are: Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston; Cardinal Francis E. George, O.M.I., archbishop of Chicago; Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles; Cardinal Adam J. Maida, archbishop of Detroit; and Cardinal O'Malley. They also are members of CUA's Board of Trustees. Recently retired Cardinal William H. Keeler, former archbishop of Baltimore, was also present as a special guest.

Also in attendance at the dinner were Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington and university chancellor, and Most Rev. William E. Lori, bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport (Conn.) and chairman of the CUA Board of Trustees.

One of the highlights of the dinner was the presentation of the $10,000 American Cardinals Encouragement Award, which recognizes faith-based initiatives that reflect Christian values. This year's recipient is Grandparents as Parents, a Boston-run program that exists to identify and respond to the unique concerns of parenting grandparents and the children they are raising.

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley serves as principal celebrant at a Mass at Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross with (from left) Cardinal Francis E. George, O.M.I., Cardinal William H. Keeler, Cardinal Roger Mahony, Cardinal Adam J. Maida and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo.


MEDIA: Members of the media may obtain more information about the dinner by calling Katie Lee at 202-386-0681 (mobile) or Victor Nakas at 202-236-4086 (mobile) or e-mail: nakas@cua.edu.

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