Event Scheduled for April 17 in Washington, D.C.
Siena Heights University President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD, has been invited to attend an address by Pope Benedict XVI April 17 at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
The pope will speak in the Great Room of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center to an audience of more than 600 on the topic of Catholic education. He will address the presidents from more than 200 Catholic colleges and universities as well as heads of education from more than 190 dioceses around the country. President Albert was invited to attend the pope’s address to Catholic educators through Siena Heights’ membership in the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. She will be one of only a handful of Michigan representatives attending the address.
“We at Siena Heights University are always looking to deepen our Catholic and Dominican heritage, and I look forward to hearing the pope’s message and how it will relate to institutions of Catholic higher education,” President Albert said. “This is a rare opportunity for him to see first-hand how Catholic education has contributed to the overall mission of the Catholic Church in the United States.”
Pope Benedict is addressing educators representing grades kindergarten through 12th grade as well as college and university presidents. His April 17 address will mark the first time a pontiff has visited Catholic University since 1979. It will also mark the second time that a pope has spoken there on the topic of Catholic education. That was the topic of an address delivered by Pope John Paul II on Oct. 7, 1979, during his first visit to the United States as pontiff.
For more information on Pope Benedict’s visit to Catholic University, please visit http://papalvisit.cua.edu/.