Archbishop Timothy Broglio Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from National Museum of Catholic Art and Library

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Award presented April 2 during spring gala at Embassy of Italy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, was honoredWednesday night with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of Catholic Art and Library (NMCAL). The award presentation took place at the Embassy of Italy during NMCAL’s Third Annual Roman Gala—La Primavera, Italian for “The Spring.” The gala was hosted by the Ambassador of Italy to the United States and Mrs. Claudio Bisogniero under the Patronage of the Order of San Martino, honoree Prince Lorenzo Maria Raimondo de Medici from Rome and Florence. Reverend MonsignorWalter R. Rossi, Rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, presented the award to Archbishop Broglio before a select audience of diplomats, museum supporters, and Catholic clergy.

For the past few years, under the leadership of Executive DirectorChristina Cox and Chairman Tim Barton, the NMCAL has been looking for permanent exhibition space in the nation’s capital. Supporters are raising funds to secure a building that would showcase the museum’s priceless collection of religious art, traveling exhibits and works on loan. A 501-c3 charity has been set up for tax-deductible donations.

In his acceptance remarks, Archbishop Broglio recognized the value of the project:

“As the Lord tell us, ‘man does not live by bread alone.’ We also know how we are uplifted by culture, by art, by music, by so many of those other expressions. And so it is very fitting this evening that we pause and we think about assuring that there is a proper museum for Catholic art and a library here in the nation’s capital as a reminder of that other aspect of the human person.”

Archbishop Broglio was born in 1951 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He attended St. Ann Elementary School, Cleveland Heights and St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classics at Boston College, an S.T.B. in Theology and a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.

Archbishop Broglio was ordained to the priesthood (for the Diocese of Cleveland) on May 19, 1977 in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception of the North American College, Rome. From 1977 to 1979 he served as associate pastor, St. Margaret Mary Parish, South Euclid. From 1979 to 1983 Archbishop Broglio attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. From 1983 to 1987 the Archbishop served as Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.From 1987 to 1990 he served as Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Asunscion, Paraguay. From 1990 to 2001 Archbishop Broglio served as Chief of Cabinet for Angleo Cardinal Sodano, Secretary of State to His Holiness Pope John Paul II and desk officer for Central America.

In February 2001 the Archbishop was named Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic and Apostolic Delegate toPuerto Rico. The Archbishop was ordained as an Archbishop by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on March 19, 2001.

On November 19, 2007 Archbishop Broglio was named the fourth Archbishop of the Military Services, USA, and installed on January 25, 2008, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. He served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) from 2009 to 2011 and is currently chairman of the USCCB Committee for Canonical Affairs and Church Governance and is a member of the Subcommittees for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage and Health Care. He is an observer to the Committee for International Justice and Peace. Archbishop Broglio also chaired the Task Force charged with planning the 2013 Special Assembly of the Conference.

Also receiving Lifetime Achievement Awards Wednesday were former United States Ambassador to the Holy See and Former Mayor of Boston Raymond Flynn and Raytheon Corporation Board Chairman William H. Swanson.