The Catholic University of America

July 1, 2010

Provost, Deans Announce Scholarship Honoring Bishop O’Connell’s Dedication to Service

  Bishop O’Connell, with (from left) Provost James Brennan; Sara Thompson, dean of the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies; and Ingrid Hsieh-Yee, acting dean of library and information science.  

At a surprise reception earlier this week for Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., the 14th president of Catholic University, CUA’s provost and deans announced an academic scholarship that will go to a student who embodies his legacy and dedication to service.

CUA’s academic administrators also gave Bishop O’Connell a Waterford candy jar engraved with the university shield and the words “The Most Reverend David M. O’Connell Service Scholarship” at the event in the McMahon Hall office of Provost James Brennan. The engraving also includes Bishop O’Connell’s episcopal motto, the Latin words Ministrare non ministrari, meaning “to serve and not to be served,” from the Gospel of St. Mark.

In a letter to Bishop O’Connell, the provost and deans noted that the full-tuition, four-year scholarship recognizes “your legacy of leadership.” The letter states that the scholarship will be awarded annually to a student “who embodies the characteristics that we have long admired in you, especially your dedication to service.”

“Beginning in fall 2011, and every following year in perpetuity, a student with a demonstrated record of service, and a commitment to service here on campus and beyond, will be awarded The Most Reverend David M. O'Connell Service Scholarship,” the letter notes. “May the light that you have inspired continue on in the lives and service of others.”

Following the first four years that the scholarship is awarded, the university expects to have four O’Connell Service Scholars on campus each academic year.

During his 12-year tenure, CUA’s 14th president emphasized commitment to service. Under his leadership, the university’s Office of Campus Ministry increased the number of the social-service activities for undergraduates.

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