The Cardinal’s Tribute Dinner held at The Catholic University of America on June 4th was a great celebration in which the Province and Carmelite Family were represented by Br. Daryl Moresco, Fr. Jack Welch, Dr. Keith Egan, Fr. Quinn Conners, Fr. Bill Harry, Ms. Patricia O’Callaghan, Sr. Colette Ackerman, OCD, and Sr. Connie Fitzgerald. Cardinal Joseph Tobin of the Archdiocese of Newark–representing CUA’s Board of Directors–sat at the Carmelite table and spoke about our province’s gift to establish the Endowed Carmelite Chair and Center for Carmelite Studies at CUA. He had just celebrated Confirmation at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Tenafly and he spoke very graciously and gratefully about several of the programs and the great work being done in the Carmelite’s Bergen County parishes (See photos from the event in the gallery below and the video produced by CUA at the bottom of the page).
Statement & Video on the establishment of the Center for Carmelite Studies at Catholic University
In today’s world, the wisdom of the Carmelite Order and its focus on a prayerful, contemplative life in service to God and the world is needed more than ever. Hundreds of Carmelite scholars have studied at Catholic University since its founding in 1887, but until 2017, the Order did not have a permanent bond with a university, nor were any of the University’s 30 research centers sponsored by a religious order. The creation of an endowed faculty chair and Center for Carmelite Studies at Catholic University ensures that Carmelite scholarship will have a permanent home at the University, especially meaningful because all Catholic University undergraduates, regardless of their degree programs, study theology. This powerful witness is part of bringing together the whole Church (see video below).
Some images from the evening: