ALUMNI DAY: OCT. 7, 2020
CELEBRATING OVER A CENTURY OF PRIESTLY FORMATION
ALUMNI DAY 2020 EVENT INFORMATION
DATE: OCTOBER 7, 2020
- RECTOR’S WELCOME REMARKS – 1:45 pm
- ALUMNI LECTURE: MSGR. STEPHEN ROSSETTI, D.MIN., PH.D. – 2:00 – 3:00 pm
- BREAK – 3 pm
- ALUMNI LECTURE Q & A – 3:15-3:45 pm
- MASS – 5:15 pm
- RECEPTION AND AWARD DINNER – 6:15 pm
- Those celebrating 1-5, 10, 25, or 50 years : $75
- Alumni: $100
- Other guests: $150
- Table (8 people): $1,000
- Sponsor a Seminarian: $100 (suggested)
Even if you are unable to attend, see different giving options that are available at the bottom of the registration form, below.
WASHINGTON RETREAT HOUSE
- Address: 4000 Harewood Rd NE, Washington, DC 20017
- Single room with shared bath: $100/night
- Room with private bath: $150/night
- Rates include breakfast and parking
- Phone Number: (202) 529-1111
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
- Address: 9020 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD 20740
- Room Block: “Theological College” until Sept. 4, 2020
- Single or Double: $119/night + tax
- Rate includes hot breakfast and parking
- Phone Number: (301) 441-8110
ALUMNI LECTURE PRESENTER: MSGR. STEPHEN ROSSETTI, D.Min., Ph.D., '84
LECTURE TOPIC: “THE CALL TO PRIESTLY HOLINESS”
Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti is a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1973 and spent six years in the Air Force. He is a 1984 alumnus of Theological College. After ordination, he served in two parishes. For 18 years, he served as the Executive Vice President and then the President of Saint Luke Institute in Maryland, a residential treatment program for clergy and religious. A licensed psychologist, Msgr. Rossetti has a Ph.D. in psychology from Boston College and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Catholic University. He received a Proclaim Award from the USCCB, a Lifetime Service Award from Theological College, the 2013 John Paul II leadership award from the NCEA, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University. Msgr. Rossetti is a research associate professor at the Catholic University of America in the School of Theology and Religious Studies and was a Visiting Professor at the Gregorian University in Rome. He is the author of over a dozen books and his most recent is from Ave Maria Press: The Priestly Blessing: Rediscovering the Gift. For the past 10 years, he has been a chaplain for the Washington Nationals MLB team.
ALUMNI MASS CELEBRANT AND HOMILIST: BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
AUXILIARY BISHOP OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF LOS ANGELES
BASSELIN CLASS OF 1982
The Most Reverend Robert E. Barron, Ph.L., S.T.B., M. Div., S.T.L., S.T.D., D.D., V.G., is the Episcopal Vicar of the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region, one of the five Pastoral Regions in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was appointed Titular Bishop of Macriana of Mauritania and Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles in 2015.
From 1979 to 1982, Bishop Barron attended The Catholic University of America while in seminary formation at Theological College, receiving his M.A. in Philosophy in 1982. He received his S.T.B., M.Div., and S.T.L. from the University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein) and, in 1992, his S.T.D. from Institut Catholique de Paris.
The Bishop is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and its website, the Word on Fire Institute, the host of CATHOLICISM and the recent film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, a bestselling author, a religion and culture correspondent, conference speaker, and one of the world’s most followed Catholics on social media.
For more on Bishop Barron’s lifetime of work in service of the people of God, personal commentary about his time at Theological College, and his inspiring example for TC’s seminarians of today, see the Alumnus Lifetime Service Award tab, below.
ALUMNUS LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD HONOREE: BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
BISHOP ROBERT BARRON
Ph.L., S.T.B., M. Div., S.T.L., D.D., S.T.D., V.G.
BASSELIN CLASS OF 1982
The Most Reverend Robert E. Barron is the Episcopal Vicar of the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region, one of the five Pastoral Regions in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was appointed Titular Bishop of Macriana of Mauritania and Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles in 2015.
From 1979 to 1982, Bishop Barron attended The Catholic University of America while in seminary formation at Theological College, receiving his M.A. in philosophy in 1982. His master’s thesis was entitled, “Production and the Political Animal in the Writings of Karl Marx.” He received his S.T.B., M.Div., and S.T.L. from the University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein) and, in 1992, his S.T.D. from Institut Catholique de Paris.
The Bishop shared reflections of his time at Theological College:
“I love TC. I loved the joyful spirit of the house and the incredible people. The current rector, Father McBrearity, was on the faculty and was a wonderful priest to guide us through the spiritual life. Father Mel Blanchette, former rector, was the director of the Basselin Program when I was there and has remained to this day a great friend. Father Joe Bonadio was my spiritual director and he was a former rector at the seminary in Menlo Park. These Sulpician personalities were real spiritual leaders. I remember those years as happy, joyful years. We were nineteen, twenty years old and full of enthusiasm.
“Catholic University and the Basselin Scholars Program have had a decisive, massive impact on my entire life. In fact, I have a little photograph of Theodore Basselin right over my desk because he founded the scholarship program that catalyzed this impact. The Basselin Program, with its seriousness and its philosophical focus, introduced me to the great Catholic intellectual tradition, the great Catholic ‘both/and’—faith and reason, theology and philosophy, nature and grace. Msgr. Robert Sokolowski and Msgr. John Wippel, both of whom are still teaching Basselins at Catholic University today, and Dr. Thomas Pruffer were some of my amazing teachers. We learned the art of philosophizing together and almost everything I’ve written has been inspired by them. As not only teachers of philosophy but philosophers themselves, they taught ideas that have sustained me throughout my life as a priest, as an academic, and as a writer, right up to the present day.”
When asked about his favorite memory from his time as a Basselin, he quipped:
“One of my classmates, having finished a presentation on the Nicomachean Ethics, asked, with a sigh of exasperation, ‘What then are we to do with the Nicomachean Ethics?’ To which the moderator, Father Robert Sokolowski, responded, ‘Perhaps we could read it more carefully.’”
The Bishop is a prolific media evangelist and inspiration for Theological College seminarians hoping to follow in his ministerial footsteps. Here, above, he is pictured conversing about this mutual passion with Deacon Anthony Ferguson, co-founder of the The Big Tree podcast series, an apostolate of the Alberione Project.
Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. He is also the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic faith, which aired on PBS. His recent film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, has been syndicated for national television and nominated for an Emmy award.
Bishop Barron is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He is a religion correspondent for NBC and has also appeared on FOX News, CNN, and EWTN. His website, WordOnFire.org, reaches millions of people each year, and he is one of the world’s most followed Catholics on social media. His regular YouTube videos have been viewed over 40 million times and he has over 1.7 million followers on Facebook.
Bishop Barron has been invited to speak about religion at the headquarters of Facebook, Google, and Amazon. He has keynoted many conferences and events all over the world, including the World Youth Day in Kraków and the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which marked Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States. He has shared dialogue with Dr. Jordan Peterson, Dave Rubin, Ben Shapiro, and William Lane Craig, among other influencers and thought leaders.
His most recent project is the Word on Fire Institute, a new hub for spiritual and intellectual formation that is now training over 10,000 members of the Word on Fire movement to proclaim Christ in the culture.
Rector Gerald McBrearity and the entire Theological College community are honored by the opportunity to bestow the Alumnus Lifetime Service Award upon this distinguished alumnus and longtime supporter of the seminary.
ALUMNUS LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD
The Alumnus Lifetime Service Award was instituted in 1991 to honor those alumni of Theological College who have served with distinction and humility throughout their priestly ministry “according to the Sulpician ideal ‘to live supremely for God in Christ Jesus.'”