The Catholic University of America

Inauguration of CUA President John Garvey Rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 25

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 25
Mass, 10 a.m.
Inauguration ceremony, following the homily
WHERE: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Great Upper Church
400 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.

The Catholic University of America has rescheduled the inauguration of John Garvey as its 15th president for Tuesday, Jan. 25. The decision comes in the wake of last week’s announcement by Pope Benedict XVI of the Nov. 20 consistory in Rome for the installation of several new cardinals, including Cardinal-designate Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, a member of the CUA Board of Trustees, and chancellor of Catholic University, which is the national university of the Catholic Church.

It is expected that a large number of cardinals and bishops will attend the Mass and installation ceremony. Those in attendance will also include the presidents (or other delegates) of D.C.-area colleges and universities as well as from the member colleges of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

  • 10 a.m., the Mass will start at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Great Upper Church. Cardinal-designate Wuerl is scheduled to serve as the principal celebrant and homilist.
  • The installation ceremony will follow the homily. Garvey will deliver his inaugural address: “Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University.”

Garvey, 62, who served as dean of the Boston College Law School for 11 years prior to his appointment as CUA’s president, is a nationally renowned expert in constitutional law, religious liberty and the First Amendment. He holds a J.D. from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. 

MEDIA: To cover the inauguration, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.


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