We are entering a season of contrasts. This weekend is the beginning of spring break and soon we’ll be in the midst of the annual ritual known as “March Madness.” In short, recreation, relaxation and good times aplenty. But it’s also true that two days ago, we began the season of Lent — a time for reflection, reconciliation and self-sacrifice. I want to encourage everyone to give some thought to making some special sacrifice in the spirit of the season.
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music has, as usual, come up with an intriguing theme for the President’s Festival of the Arts, called If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Another. For more information about the festival, which takes place March 9 to March 22, please click here. Not sure what it all means, so please join me in finding out. The festival is always a good time and we are so proud of the talents among our students and staff!
Our architecture and planning students, who so distinguished themselves last year in a competition to design the papal furnishings for the Holy Father’s Mass in Washington, D.C., are at it again. This time they’re competing to come up with the best spatial design concepts for the interior mosaic of the beautiful main dome of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. For more information about the competition, which runs until March 23, please click here.
Meanwhile, the School of Theology and Religious Studies is sponsoring a one-day symposium on St. Paul on March 20, showcasing our scholarly expertise in STRS. For more information about the symposium, click here. And later in the spring, on May 28, the papal nuncio, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and CUA will host a daylong symposium on campus that will gather diplomats, ecclesiastics and academics to assess U.S.-Vatican relations on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the United States. More information on this May 28 Faith and Freedom conference will be coming soon. As for the other events, you can read about them at: http://publicaffairs.cua.edu/NewsAndInfo/newsreleases.cfm
Thanks so much for all your dedication to CUA and all the sacrifices you make to keep us going strong. God bless you all in this holy season.
Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president