The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


Mass to Celebrate One-Year Anniversary of Papal Visit

WHEN: 12:10 p.m., Friday, April 17

WHERE: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


The Catholic University of America will commemorate the first anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to campus with a 12:10 p.m. Mass on Friday, April 17, in the Crypt (lower) Church of the Basilica. The celebrant and homilist will be Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president.

Pope Benedict XVI visited the Basilica on April 16, 2008, to speak to the U.S. bishops and CUA's campus on April 17 to deliver a major address on Catholic education to the presidents of Catholic colleges and universities and diocesan education leaders. Thousands of members of the CUA community witnessed the Holy Father's visit to campus.

The commemoration happens to coincide with CUA's annual Odyssey Day, a daylong program for students who have been admitted to the university for the fall semester. It helps them learn more about the academic programs that fit their interests, sample the extracurricular activities available, tour the campus and socialize with future classmates. Approximately 600 students, accompanied by their parents, are expected at this year's Odyssey Day.

Since the establishment of the Catholic Church in the United States, a pope has visited a U.S. college campus only three times. Two of those visits have been to Catholic University. Pope John Paul II visited CUA in October 1979.

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