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'"

Speakers

  • Very Rev. Ronald D. Witherup, S.S., is superior general of the Society of St. Sulpice, knows as the Sulpicians, an order of diocesan priests dedicated to initial and ongoing formation of priests. Father Witherup previously served 11 years as provincial of the Sulpicians U.S. Province. A former academic dean and professor of sacred scripture at St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, Calif., he holds a doctorate in biblical studies from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. He is a frequent retreat master for priests and deacons, and he often lectures on biblical and theological topics. Among his many publications are 101 Questions & Answers on Paul (Paulist, 2003), Scripture: Dei Verbum (Paulist, 2006), St. Paul: Called to Conversion (St. Anthony Messenger, 2007) and Stations of the Cross According to Saint Paul (Paulist, 2008). He produced a set of CDs for the Year of Paul, titled Saint Paul: His Life, Faith and Writings (NowYouKnowMedia, 2008), and he co-edited the recent book, The Four Gospels: Personal Catholic Study Edition (Liturgical, 2009).

  • Monsignor Paul G. McPartlan is a priest of the Archdiocese of Westminster (UK) and Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at The Catholic University of America. He was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and graduated from Cambridge in Mathematics in 1978. Having studied Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, he was ordained a priest by Cardinal Basil Hume in 1984. He gained his doctorate from Oxford, and then served for four years in a London parish. After holding a post-doctoral research fellowship at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, from 1993-95, he was appointed to the faculty of Heythrop College in the University of London where he taught systematic theology for ten years before coming to CUA in 2005. He is a member of the International Theological Commission and a member also of the international commissions for theological dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, and the Roman Catholic Church and the World Methodist Council, respectively.

  • Rev. Michael Witczak is an assistant professor of liturgical studies at The Catholic University of America and specializes in the history and theology of Eucharistic celebration, sacramental liturgy, history of liturgy and liturgical celebration of the saints. He previously served as a professor of liturgical studies, vice-rector and then rector of Saint Francis Seminary in Saint Francis, Wis. He is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and for many years wrote a column for priests in the archdiocesan quarterly liturgy newsletter. He holds a doctorate in sacred liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome. Father Witczak is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Societas Liturgica, the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Society for Catholic Liturgy, the Henry Bradshaw Society for the editing of rare liturgical texts and the Alcuin Club. He was awarded the Archbishop's Vatican II Award for Service in Liturgy in 2001 and the Salesianum Alumni Association Sal Terrae Award for Service to the Church in 2007.

  • Very Rev. Lawrence B. Terrien, S.S., is a former superior general of the Society of St. Sulpice and the first American to be named to that position. He is an alumnus of Theological College and served as rector of the seminary from 1986 to 1992. He has a doctorate of sacred theology from the Catholic University of Leuven. Father Terrien has served as associate professor of systematic theology, academic dean and vice-rector at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, Calif. He has also been dean of the ecclesiastical faculty of theology at Saint Mary's Seminary & University in Baltimore. He is currently on sabbatical at the Sulpician Provincial House in Baltimore.

  • Monsignor Kevin Irwin is a priest of the archdiocese of New York who is dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America. He received his master's degree from the University of Notre Dame and his doctorate of theology from Pontifio Istituto Liturgico, Collegio Sant' Anselmo, Rome. He holds the Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies and has authored 14 books on liturgy and sacraments. In addition to his academic work Monsignor Irwin regularly celebrates Mass and preaches at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., during the week.

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