The Catholic University of America

October 6–7, 2009,

the School of Theology and Religious Studies and Theological College co-sponsored a symposium entitled "Ministerial Priesthood in the Third Millennium: 'Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of Priests'"

The Year for Priests

Pope Benedict XVI designated June 19 as the start of the special year, the Year for Priests, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney. The Pope has declared St. John Vianney, known as the Curé d'Ars, as the Universal Patron of Priests. Pope Benedict XVI has designated the year, which runs from June 19, 2009, to June 19, 2010, to encourage a deepening of the spiritual life of those called to priestly ministry.

Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M.,Catholic University's president

Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., Catholic University's president, reflects on the Year for Priests


Rev, Melvin C. Blanchette, S.S., rector of Theological College, the national seminary of the Catholic University of America essay, St. John Vianney: Agent of change and conversion.

One would have to stumble accidentally on the village of Ars-sur-Formans. The village is too small, too insignificant and too far off the beaten path to attract the interest of the average visitor or tourist to France. Ars rests west of Lyons between Clermont-Ferrand, home of the Michelin Tire Company, and Limoges, the village that has produced world-renowned porcelain since the 19th century. continue....


Msgr. Kevin Irwin, Dean, School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America

Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, talks about the meaning of spirituality for parish priests in a video lecture.

Slideshows

In the spirit of the called-for dialog of the year, CUA is interviewing 12 alumni about their experiences in the priesthood. A new interview will appear on the 19th of each month. Click to view all interviews.

Deacon Thomas Gillespie
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Deacon Thomas Gillespie
Theological College Seminarian
S.T.B. 2010

Rev. David Werning
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Rev. David Werning
Pastor, Our Lady of Victory
S.T.B. 1998

Rev. Raymond C. O'Brien
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Rev. Raymond C. O'Brien
Professor, Columbus School of Law
M.Ch.A. 1975
D.Min. 1985

Rev. Mario E. Dorsonville
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Rev. Mario E. Dorsonville
Vice President for Mission and Director of Immigrant and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
D.Min. 1996

Most Rev. Francisco Gonzàlez, S.F.
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Most Rev. Francisco Gonzàlez, S.F.
Auxiliary bishop, Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
M.A. 1967