Archbishop gives credit to Catholics serving the Nation in uniform
WASHINGTON, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, received the prestigious Founders Award from Catholic Distance University (CDU) on Saturday night at the university’s Gala 2014 in Arlington, Va.
Founded in 1983, CDU is a fully online, accredited Catholic university based in Hamilton, Va. with full and part-time students from all 50 states and 60 countries studying graduate and undergraduate theology and pursuing continuing education courses, seminars, and certificates for adult faith formation. For the past several years, lay people serving as Catholic religious instructors in United States Military communities around the world have earned catechist certification through online CDU coursework. Archbishop Broglio, who sits on the CDU Board of Trustees, has been instrumental in promoting the university’s distance learning program as an efficient way for military Catholics to advance their knowledge of Catholic teaching even as they serve in far-off locations under the pastoral care of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS).
The Founders Award—a crystal vase with the CDU seal and the name of the recipient etched in the crystal—is CDU’s highest honor in support of its mission. Presenting the award to Archbishop Broglio were CDU President, Dr. Marianne Evans Mount, Ph.D., and Board Chairman, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, D.D., Bishop of Arlington, Va. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the USA, attended the presentation.
Addressing the gathering of 240 CDU supporters at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel, Bishop Loverde extolled Archbishop Broglio’s service to those who serve. Bishop Loverde said:
“You can well imagine what this means to a young soldier serving thousands of miles from home, separated from family, and gravely facing the daily stress of danger. We know the family members are comforted by growing in the faith and deepening their trust in God. We applaud Archbishop Broglio for his leadership and pastoral care for the military men and women, for giving the opportunity to grow in their faith, no matter where they are stationed in the world.
In accepting the award, Archbishop Broglio expressed humble gratitude to Bishop Loverde, CDU’s Board of Trustees, and Dr. Mount, but he extended all the credit to the faithful who serve the Nation in uniform. Archbishop Broglio said:
“I think when we, bishops and priests, are honored, the first thing that always comes to my mind, after the question of whether I should really be receiving any award at all, is that if it is given, it is given to the wonderful people that I am privileged to serve. And forever, I give thanks to Almighty God for the privilege of serving those people, and so, in accepting the award, I would also like to recognize the good faithful who have been entrusted to my pastoral care.”
During the black-tie Gala, CDU also presented the Founders Award to His Excellency, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and the Bishop Thomas J. Welsh Parish Award Parish Award to St. John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church of Leesburg, Va., where Father John P. Mosimann is Pastor.