News from the Diocese
U.S. Cardinals to Gather in Phoenix for May 6 Catholic University Scholarship Fundraiser
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 6, 2011) — America's Catholic cardinal-archbishops will travel to Phoenix for the 22nd American Cardinals Dinner, to be held May 6, 2011. Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, and John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America, will co-host this year's dinner. The event, which raises money for CUA scholarships, is hosted annually by a different diocese or archdiocese and Catholic University, which is the national university of the Catholic Church.
- WHAT: 22nd American Cardinals Dinner
- WHEN: Friday, May 6, 2011 — 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner
- WHERE: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.
- RESERVATIONS: Missie D'Aunoy at 602-354-2216.
- DETAILS: Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, and John Garvey, President of CUA, will host the annual gala for Catholic University.
A 4 p.m. Mass will precede the dinner at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church, 10755 North 124th St., Scottsdale. At the Mass, Bishop Olmsted will serve as the principal celebrant and homilist; the cardinals in attendance will concelebrate. All are welcome to attend Mass.
Bishop Olmsted serves as spiritual leader of the Diocese of Phoenix, whose Catholic population numbers about 764,140. The diocese, which comprises 43,967 square miles, was established Dec. 2, 1969, by Pope Paul VI. Bishop Olmsted was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix by Pope John Paul II in 2003.
Garvey, CUA's president, leads an institution of 12 schools and about 6,900 students that is unique as the only university in the United States established by the nation's Catholic bishops. Founded in 1887, CUA marked a special chapter in its distinguished history on April 17, 2008, when Pope Benedict XVI addressed Catholic educators from around the nation on campus.
MEDIA: Those interested in more information about the 22nd American Cardinals Dinner should contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the CUA Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600 or Robert DeFrancesco, director of communications, Diocese of Phoenix, at 602-354-2130.