ALUMNI DAY 2021 EVENT INFORMATION
DATE: OCTOBER 6, 2021
- 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.
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- Address: 9020 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD 20740
- Single or Double: $119/night + tax
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- Room Block: “Theological College” until Sept. 6, 2020.
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- Phone Number: (301) 441-8110
ALUMNI LECTURE PRESENTER: MSGR. STEPHEN ROSSETTI, D.Min., Ph.D., '84
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 ALUMNI LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT: DANIEL CARDINAL DiNARDO
METROPOLITAN ARCHBISHOP OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF GALVESTON-HOUSTON
BASSELIN CLASS OF 1972
His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, S.T.L.,D.D., is the metropolitan archbishop of Galveston-Houston and pastor to its 1.7 million-plus Catholics (and the 6.2 million people within the archdiocese) and 435 priests in 146 parishes and 59 schools spread over 8,880 square miles. His seats are St. Mary Cathedral Basilica in Galveston and the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston.
Born in Steubenville, Ohio, and raised with three siblings in Castle Shannon near Pittsburgh, Cardinal DiNardo attended St. Anne Elementary School and the Jesuit-run Bishop’s Latin School before enrolling in St. Paul Seminary and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. A Basselin scholar in formation at Theological College, in 1972 he received his master’s degree in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America. He received degrees in Sacred Theology from both the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Patristic Institute Augustinianum in Rome.
He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Pittsburgh on July 16, 1977, and served as parish pastor, seminary professor, spiritual director, and in the chancery. From 1984 to 1991, he worked in Rome as a staff member for the Congregation for Bishops, as director of Villa Stritch (the house for American clergy), and as adjunct professor at the Pontifical North American College. In 1991, he returned to Pittsburgh, serving as pastor to several parishes and again in the chancery.
He was appointed coadjutor bishop of Sioux City, Iowa, and ordained there as a bishop in October 1997. As his episcopal motto he adopted: “Ave Crux Spes Unica” — “Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope.” He succeeded retiring Bishop Lawrence Donald Soens of Sioux City in November of 1998.
He was named coadjutor bishop (later coadjutor archbishop) of Galveston-Houston in January 2004 and succeeded Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza on February 28, 2006. On June 29, 2006, he received the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in November of 2007 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. He was designated the titular Church of Sant’Eusebio in Rome.
As a member of the Sacred College, he served as a Cardinal-Elector in the Papal Conclave of 2013, which saw the election of Pope Francis to the See of Peter.
In November of the same year, he was elected by his brother bishops as the Vice-President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for a three-year term. Cardinal DiNardo then served as President of the USCCB, having been elected in November 2016, ending his tenure in November 2019.
Cardinal DiNardo serves on the Board of Trustees of Catholic University of America and is a member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People. He is the Grand Prior of the South West Lieutenancy of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, a papal order of Knighthood, in which he holds the rank of Knight Grand Cross. Among many other past fruitful ministries, Cardinal DiNardo served as episcopal moderator for the National Catholic Partnership for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), a position to which he brought a certain empathy, contending as he does with significant hearing loss in both ears. The NCPD offices are located in TC’s McCormick Pavilion. Over the years, for annual meetings, the Cardinal had been hosted at TC, saying Masses in the main chapel for NCPD leadership and dining in the refectory with the group while mixing with faculty and seminarians throughout his stay.
As this year’s Alumnus Lifetime Service Award recipient, Theological College recognizes his lifetime of outstanding priestly service as a pastor, exemplary leader in the community and Church, theological educator, and advocate for justice and equality in the tradition of the priests of St. Sulpice.
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.'”