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Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M.
, was quoted in an April 10 Catholic News Service article about the debate over the appropriate ways for Catholic universities to express their Catholic identity, especially as regards inviting speakers to campus who hold views contrary to the Church’s moral values and teachings.

He also was interviewed by New York City's Fox and NBC TV stations on April 14 about the installation of CUA alumnus Timothy Dolan as archbishop of New York. He was a guest on Good Morning New York Fox TV on April 15, the day of the installation. He was also interviewed about Archbishop Dolan for an Associated Press article that began to appear April 25 in newspapers such as Newsday and The Washington Times.

The April 23 issue of the Catholic Standard covered the April 17 Mass to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Catholic University. The article quoted extensively from Father O'Connell's homily at that Mass. Catholic News Service distributed the same article to its subscribers on April 24. Zenit News Agency had previewed the Mass in an April 2 article.

Father O'Connell, Chris Vetick, associate director of grounds maintenance, and Daniel Rojo, a sophomore architecture and planning major, were quoted in an April 23 Catholic New Service article about the tree planting held at CUA on Earth Day. The event also was mentioned in an April 23 Washington Post story about Casey Trees, the non-profit organization that donated the trees planted at CUA. The April 30 issue of the Catholic Standard ran a front-page photo of Father O'Connell and D.C. Councilman Harry Thomas Jr. planting a tree.

Father O'Connell was interviewed April 24 by KTRK-TV, the ABC-TV affiliate in Houston, about the American Cardinals Dinner for a segment that aired that day. Later that same day, he and dinner co-host Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, attended a press opportunity for the Houston media about the dinner and Mass that preceded it. Five Houston TV outlets attended the press opportunity and KTRK-TV streamed the Mass live on its Web site. The April 25 issue of the Houston Chronicle ran a photo of the Mass. On April 28 Catholic News Service featured an article about the Mass and dinner and quoted Father O'Connell's homily.


Washington, D.C.'s News Channel 8 and NBC4 covered an April 16 youth football clinic held at CUA and sponsored by Special Olympics D.C. and the NFL Players Association. NFL players Clinton Portis, Ben Roethlisberger and Daniel Wilcox participated in the event.

Campus Ministry

Rev. Robert Schlageter, O.F.M. Conv.
, university chaplain and director of campus ministry, Jessica DePrizio Cole, associate campus minister for liturgy and worship, and junior biology major Daniela Memoli were quoted in an April 9 Catholic Standard article about CUA's Candlelight Way of the Cross. During the event, students carried a life-size cross to 14 places on campus and prayed and reflected on the journey that Christ took with the cross.

Career Services

Alan Goodman
, director of career services, and students Peter Donald, Bill Frame and Blake Taylor appeared on an April 18 "CBS Evening News" segment about the job market that graduating seniors face this year.


Veryl Miles
, dean, was pictured on the cover of the April 16 issue of Diverse magazine. She was featured in a Diverse article about women law school deans.

Robert Destro, professor, was quoted in a March 22 Record-Journal (Meriden, Conn.) article about Sam Caligiuri, a Connecticut state senator considering a run for the U.S. Senate. Caliguri received his law degree from CUA and was a former student of Destro’s.

Destro was quoted in an April 25 National Catholic Register article about a court case involving the question of whether religious beliefs can be expressed on private property when part of that property is used for subcontract work for the government.

Mary Leary, associate professor, participated in a podcast on the Cnet Web site on March 25. Leary discussed whether “sexting” — sending explicit photos via a cell phone — can be considered child pornography when the subject is a minor.

Life Cycle Institute

"Catholic Social Teachings and the 111th Congress," an April 27 symposium sponsored by the Life Cycle Institute in the U.S. Senate's Dirksen Office Building, was covered by a number of news outlets. One of them, Catholic News Service, issued an article April 28 about the symposium.


The Dresser, an online column for Scene4 Magazine, reviewed the March 11 multimedia performance “Silent Explosions, Invisible Jumps: Music, Dance and Film Create a Ruckus." The performance, coordinated by Andrew Simpson, associate professor of music and silent film composer, featured seven original scores for silent films written by CUA composers and performed by the D.C.-based Snark Ensemble (with Simpson on piano).  

The April 20 issue of the Washington Post ran a review of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea which was performed by the music school’s opera and musicology programs. The review said the opera was "coherent and powerful . . . because a whole menagerie of personalities and their relationships came across with such dramatic credibility."

National Catholic School of Social Service

Wendy Blome
, associate professor, was quoted in an April 5 Agence France Presse article about how the economic crisis has impacted children and teenagers.


Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor, wrote a column for the April 6 issue of America about the need to hold people accountable for torture. Her column, “Morality Matters,” appears regularly in the magazine.

Stephen Schneck, associate professor and director of the Life Cycle Institute, contributed an April 2 opinion article about the nomination of Kansas' Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as U.S. secretary of health and human services to the Washington Post’s “On Faith” online section.

He was quoted in an April 12 Die Tagespost (Würzburg, Germany) article about how pro-life Catholics can cooperate with the Obama administration to advance their interests.

Schneck was quoted in an April 13 Politico article about increased activity by anti-abortion activists in President Barack Obama’s early days in office.

He was quoted in an April 21 Catholic News Service article about the potential use of federal funds for stem-cell research.

John Kenneth White, professor, was quoted in an April 23 USA Today article about President Obama's leadership style and how it changes in dealing with different issues.

White was quoted in an April 26 San Francisco Chronicle article about President Obama's first 100 days in office. The article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle. He was interviewed about the same topic on "Across the Nation with Bob Dunning" on Sirius XM Radio's Catholic Channel on April 29.


Rev. Anthony Pogorelc, S.S., adjunct associate professor, Life Cycle Institute fellow and director of pastoral formation at Theological College, was quoted in an April 5 Los Angeles Times article about the number of U.S. bishops who are nearing the age of retirement and how that will impact the future leadership of the Church in the United States. United Press International picked up his comments.

He also was interviewed April 7 by KCBS radio in San Francisco about the future of Catholic leadership in the United States.

Rev. Paul Sullins, associate professor, sociology, was quoted in an April 29 Medill News Service article and video interview about the increase in Catholic conversions and church attendance after Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States.

Theology and Religious Studies

Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean, was a guest panelist on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Catholic Channel for a show about Easter. Monsignor Irwin discussed the liturgies of the Paschal Triduum — the three days of liturgical celebrations that include the evening Mass of the Lord’s supper on Holy Thursday, the celebration of the Lord’s passion on Good Friday and the celebration of the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. The show aired on April 9, 10 and 13.

Monsignor Irwin also was quoted in an April 9 Catholic New York article about Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

John Grabowski, associate professor, was quoted in an April 3 Catholic News Service article about the growing number of births to unwed mothers in the United States.

He was also quoted in an April 25 New Orleans Times-Picayune article about university commencement speakers and the Catholic Church's stance on moral life issues. 

Monsignor Robert Trisco, professor emeritus, and Nelson Minnich, professor, were quoted in an April 9 Catholic New York article about Archbishop Timothy Dolan's experiences as a student at CUA.


The April 2 Catholic Standard featured CUA freshmen Corey August and Philip Goolkasian, who were winners of a competition to conceptualize a design for the mosaic of the Trinity Dome in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Both students were also featured in an April 9 Catholic News Service article about their design. That article also ran in the April 16 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald. The April issue of the Central California Catholic Life (Fresno, Calif.) featured a story about August and Goolkasian, who is from Fresno.

Ryan Cooley, a sophomore history and philosophy major, was quoted in an April 8 Catholic News Service article about alternative spring break mission trips. Cooley traveled to Honduras with several other CUA students to complete service projects.

Brian McAdam, a doctoral candidate in philosophy, was quoted in an April 11 Columbia News Service article about the 2009 USA Memory Championships and the techniques used by competitors.

CUA in General

The May 2 issue of the National Catholic Register noted that CUA will host a symposium titled “Ministerial Priesthood in the Third Millennium: ‘Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of Priests’” on Oct. 6-7, 2009, in honor of the “The Year for Priests.”

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