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'"

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Panelists

  • Rev. Walter G. Lewis studied at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and Catholic University before being ordained for the Diocese of Richmond, Va., where he has served as a priest for 30 years. He served as parochial vicar at Holy Spirit Parish in Virginia Beach and St. Andrew's Parish in Roanoke. He has been pastor of St. Anne Parish in Bristol, and most recently, St. Mary's Parish in the West End of Richmond, where he has served for 14 years. In both pastorates he has built additions to the churches and schools.

  • Bishop Martin Holley is auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington. He attended Theological College in Washington, D.C., from 1982 to 1984 and completed his seminary studies at St. Vincent de Paul Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla. in 1987. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Fla., on May 8, 1987.

    Following ordination, he served parishes in Florida until his appointment by Pope John Paul II as auxiliary bishop of Washington. He was ordained a bishop on July 2, 2004.

    While in Pensacola, he served on the Council of Priests and was spiritual director of the Serra Club of West Florida, along with chairing and directing many other programs.

    A member of the Joint Conference of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus since 1983, Bishop Holley also serves on a number of committees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, including Cultural Diversity, Communications and Pro-Life. He is chair of the Subcommittee for African American Catholics, a member of the Subcommittee on Africa, and a consultant to the Committee on Migration.

    He is on the board of Catholic Relief Services. He also serves on the boards of the D.C. Catholic Conference, Maryland Catholic Conference, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Washington InterFaith Network, Covenant House Washington, International Catholic Foundation for the Service of Deaf People and Catholic Athletes for Christ. A Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Washington, he is a member of the archdiocesan College of Consultors, Presbyteral Council, Seminarian Review Board and Administrative Board and also serves as Co-Vicar for the College of Deans.

  • Rev. Vincent O'Malley, C.M., was ordained in 1973. He spent half of his 36 years of priesthood, he spent in teaching and administration at Niagara University. He has ministered in two parishes -- St. John the Baptist at Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and, for the last five years, St. Joseph Church in Emmitsburg, Md. He has earned three master's degrees (in divinity, theology and history) and holds an honorary doctorate in sacred theology from St. John's University in New York City.

    He participates regularly in the archdiocesan and regional priests' meetings of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, broadcasts a weekly radio show, and serves on the Board of Trustees at Mount St. Mary's University. He has published five books on the lives of the saints.

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