ALUMNI DAY 2023 EVENT INFORMATION
DATE: OCTOBER 4, 2023
- 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 (6 people): $750
- Sponsor a Seminarian: $100 (suggested)
Even if you are unable to attend, please consider the different giving options listed at the bottom of the registration form, below.
WASHINGTON RETREAT HOUSE
- Address: 4000 Harewood Rd, NE, Washington, DC 20017
- Single room with shared bath: $125/night
- Single room with private bath: $150/night
- Rates include breakfast, parking, and chapel availability (upon request)
- Please reserve your room by Sept. 6
- Phone Number: (202) 529-1111
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
- Address: 9020 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD 20740
- Discounted 15%
- Includes complementary breakfast and parking
- Room Block: “Theological College”
Click here for the reservation link.
- Phone Number: (301) 441-8110
2023 ALUMNI MASS CELEBRANT AND ALUMNUS LIFETIME SERVICE AWARD: BISHOP MICHAEL F. OLSON
BISHOP OF THE DIOCESE OF FORT WORTH
BASSELIN CLASS OF 1989
The Most Reverend Michael F. Olson, S.T.D., M.A., will receive TC’s 2023 Alumnus Lifetime Service Award, in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding priestly service as an educator, formator, and rector, and champion of ecumenical dialogue and health care ethics.
Bishop Olson was born on June 29, 1966, in Park Ridge, Illinois, to Ronald and Janice Olson (nee Fetzer). His father is a Lutheran and his mother was a Roman Catholic. He was raised in Des Plaines, Illinois. He was ordained a priest for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth on June 3, 1994. He was ordained and installed as the fourth Bishop of Fort Worth on January 29, 2014.
As a Basselin scholar at Theological College, he earned his B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 1988 and 1989, respectively. He earned an M.A.T.S. and M.Div. from the University of Saint Thomas in Houston in May 1994. After graduate studies at the Center for Health Care Ethics as a Presidential Fellow at Saint Louis University, he earned his doctorate in moral theology at the Academia Alfonsiana in Rome with a concentration in Bioethics. His Dissertation is titled “The Function of Prudence in Withholding/Withdrawal of Assisted Hydration and Nutrition from PVS Patients: A Consideration of the Approach of Germain Grisez.”
He was a member of the faculty at Saint Mary’s Seminary in Houston, lectured at the University of Saint Thomas School of Theology, the University of Dallas, and served as rector of Holy Trinity Seminary from July 1, 2008 until his appointment on November 19, 2013, by Pope Francis to serve as the Bishop of Fort Worth. Since August 2008, Bishop Olson has participated as a regular panelist of the ecumenical television show, the American Religious Town Hall.
Since his appointment as the Bishop of Fort Worth, he has served in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a member of the following committees: Committee on International Peace and Justice, Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations, Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People, and the Committee of Doctrine, Chair of the Subcommittee on Heath Care Issues.
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.'”