The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America
Twentieth American Cardinals Dinner

Houston, Texas
Friday, April 24, 2009

Cardinals in Houston

Back row: Cardinal Sean O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap., archbishop of Boston; Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles; Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston; Very Rev. David O'Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University University of America; Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, and Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., archbishop of Chicago.  Front row: Most Rev. Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio; Most Rev. Joseph Fiorenza, archbishop emeritus of Galveston-Houston; Cardinal William Keeler, archbishop emeritus of Baltimore; Cardinal Adam Maida, archbishop emeritus of Detroit; Cardinal Edward Egan, archbishop emeritus of New York, and Most Rev. Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington. The photo was taken following the Cardinals Dinner Liturgy in the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston.

Cardinal DiNardo, dinner co-host, is the principal celebrant at the Cardinals Dinner Liturgy.

Father O'Connell, dinner co-host, delivers the homily.

Cardinal DiNardo incenses the altar.

Archbishop Wuerl enters the co-cathedral.

More than 700 dinner guests enjoy the pre-dinner reception in the Atrium of the Hyatt Regency Houston.

CUA seniors greet the American Cardinals as they prepare to enter the Imperial Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Houston.

Cardinal DiNardo is met with rousing applause as he is escorted into the ballroom by CUA senior Claire Bordelon of Lafayette, Louisiana.

CUA's president, Father David O'Connell, thanks the more than 700 guests for their generous support of scholarship aid for the national university of the Catholic church in America.

Cardinal DiNardo greets his guests.

Cardinal Rigali greets Sister Margaret Mary Fitzpatick, S.C., CUA trustee and president of St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y.

Archbishop Sambi, the apostolic nuncio, brings greetings from the Holy Father.

CUA senior Nick Berg from Dover, New Jersey, reads the citation for the American Cardinals Encouragement Award, presented to Houston-based Angela House.

Sister Maureen O'Connell, O.P., president of Angela House, accepts the encouragement award from Cardinal DiNardo and Father O'Connell.

The American Cardinals Encouragement Award. The award is accompanied by a $10,000 grant in the name of the American Cardinals from The Catholic University of America.

Sarah Luffy of Pittsburgh, Pa., introduces the evening's entertainment.

Alyson Sutherland of CUA's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music performs “Io son l'umile ancella” from Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea.

CUA music students Chad Zimlich and Madeline Botteri perform "Move On" a duet from Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George.

Cardinal DiNardo thanks the assembly.


Photos by Edmund Pfueller--The Catholic University of America