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July, 2019

“It’s that time of year…”  With the expectation that accompanies the Season of Advent, there are other “expectations” that come to mind, not the least of which include exams and the end of the semester. My gratitude and best wishes to all the students and faculty as they see the fruits of their labors.

This will be the last edition of Inside CUA for a while. I am temporarily suspending its publication. As an electronic publication, it is very time intensive to produce. I will work with Victor Nakas and his staff to determine another way to communicate news to the faculty and staff. Meanwhile, keep your eye on the university Web site.

The 20th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity will be held Dec. 5.

As we contemplate the conclusion of the first semester, I want to recognize our student athletes who acquitted themselves so well in this year’s fall sports. You and your coaches did us proud! A special note of congratulations to our football team for its victory in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southeast Bowl!

December is a busy month. In addition to exams and the hustle-bustle that goes along with finishing the first semester, there are so many meetings and other events that require our time and attention.

On Monday, Dec. 1, our Archbishop and Chancellor, the Most Rev. Donald Wuerl, will give his reflections on the recent Synod of Bishops at 4:30 p.m. in McGivney Hall’s Keane Auditorium. Archbishop Wuerl was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to participate as a member of the synod, so his talk will truly be “an insider’s view.”

On Friday, Dec. 5, we will have the traditional Christmas tree lighting and Christmas concert to officially begin our celebrations of Advent and Christmas at CUA.

The celebration of our patronal feast and holy day of obligation, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8, will see a welcome university holiday before the exam period begins for most of our students (the law school will have already begun exams the week before).

On Dec. 15, at 1 p.m., I will bless and dedicate Opus Hall. This ceremony coincides with our December Board of Trustees meeting. At that meeting, tuition and fees will be recommended and set, along with other items of university business.

Father O'Connell and Father Bob at last year's annual Christmas Mass for faculty and staff.
And, then, my favorite event of the year: the annual Mass and Christmas party for faculty, staff and administration on Thursday, Dec. 18. Mass begins at 2 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel, followed by the party at 3 in the Pryz. My “chief of elves” Frank Persico will be in great humor and up to his old tricks as we celebrate Christmas together.

So, my friends, enjoy this blessed season and all the joys that Christmas holds. May the year ahead bring us peace, good health and renewed prosperity. If I don’t have the chance to greet you personally, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Have a restful and relaxing Christmas break! 

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