The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory

U.S. Cardinals to Gather in Houston for April 24 Catholic University Gala

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 14, 2009) - America's Catholic cardinals will travel to Houston for the 20th American Cardinals Dinner to be held April 24, 2009. The event, which raises money for CUA scholarships, is hosted annually by a different diocese or archdiocese and The Catholic University of America, which is the national university of the Catholic Church. His Eminence Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston - one of the fastest-growing Catholic communities in the South - and Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of Catholic University, will celebrate this year's preceding Mass at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, dedicated a little over a year ago. At the Mass, Cardinal DiNardo will serve as the principal celebrant, Father O'Connell will give the homily and the cardinals in attendance will concelebrate.


Mass in commemoration of the 20th American Cardinals Dinner to be held in Houston for the first time.

WHEN: Friday, April 24, 2009 - 4 p.m.


Co-cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway, Houston, Texas

* 3:15 p.m. Interviews available with Cardinal DiNardo and Father O'Connell: Brief Q-&-A session outside the co-cathedral before Mass.


Cardinal DiNardo, the first cardinal of the southern United States, serves as spiritual leader of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the largest archdiocese in Texas and the 11th largest in the United States. Established as a diocese in 1847 and elevated to archdiocese in 2004, the archdiocese is home to more than 1.5 million Catholics in the southeastern part of Texas.

Father O'Connell, CUA's president, leads an institution of 12 schools and about 6,700 students that is unique as the only university in the United States established by the nation's Catholic bishops. Founded in 1887, CUA marked a special chapter in its distinguished history on April 17, 2008, when Pope Benedict XVI addressed Catholic educators from around the nation on campus.

MEDIA: For more information about the American Cardinals Dinner, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the CUA Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

To make arrangements for coverage inside the co-cathedral, contact Claudia Deschamps, director of communications, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, at 713-652-8223.