Gala 2017

Catholic Distance University’s friends, supporters, trustees, and recent graduates gathered for the annual gala on November 4, 2017, at the Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel in Arlington, VA.

The evening began with an Academic Convocation Mass recognizing CDU’s 2017 undergraduate and graduate degree recipients, a number of whom travelled from across the country to attend the event. Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services, USA, Chancellor of the university, served as principal celebrant and homilist.

Father Robert J. Spitzer, SJ, PhD, was awarded the Founders Award for his great heart and zeal as a scientist and for helping all of God’s children find their path to God through science. In today’s increasingly secular world, Father Spitzer explained, many young people are leaving religion behind. Many of these young people cannot reconcile faith with fact-based science, which is increasingly--though wrongly--seen as at odds with religion. Father Spitzer spoke about misperceptions of the dichotomy between faith and science. “Faith and science are in no way contradictory,” he explained. “There is substantial evidence of a supernatural mind,” he added, citing compelling examples, including instances in which blind people were suddenly able to see during near-death experiences despite not having working optic nerves.  “Needless hemorrhaging of the Faith needs to stop,” he concluded.

The Bishop Thomas J. Welsh Award was awarded to two parishes this year for the continuing support of their pastors and the enrichment of the parish community through CDU: St James the Greater Church of Charles Town, WV, and St. Veronica’s Church of Chantilly, Virginia.


Gala Benefactor

Supreme Knight Carl & Mrs. Dorian Anderson

Gala Sponsors

Dr. and Mrs. Joseph V. Braddock
Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
EWTN Global Catholic Network, Inc.
St. Mary Catholic Church

Archdiocese for the Military Services
Archdiocese of Washington
Diocese of Arlington
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
Barbara Keebler and Terrence Giroux
Korte Realty
Dr. Marianne Evans Mount
Mr. William and Mrs. Mary Noel Page
Mr. Stephen Pryor
Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Scheuren
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Smith
Saint Theresa Catholic Church
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wasaff

Archbishop Timothy Broglio
Archdiocese of Baltimore
Church of the Nativity
Daniel F. Curtin
Diocese of Brooklyn
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Fricano
Dr. Angelo Giardino
Mrs. Geraldine Hall
Jean Halle and Glenn Davis
Sam and Ann Hinojosa
Mrs. Claire Huang
Mr. and Mrs. Peter D. Jones
Dr. Araceli Lardizabal-Carnazzo
The Hon. Susan R. Malone and Col. George Malone
John and Margaret McCabe
Dr. Margaret B. Melady
Mrs. Helen Metzger
Mount St. Mary’s University
Mrs. Barbara P. Murphy
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Naill
Dr. Timothy T. O’Donnell
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Petrino
St. Agnes Church
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Wilkins

2017 Host Committee

Chair: The Honorable Susan R. Malone

Mr. Carl A. Anderson
Archdiocese of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph V. Braddock
Most Rev. Timothy P. Broglio
Mr. Daniel Curtin
Diocese of Arlington
Diocese of Brooklyn
Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
EWTN   
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Fricano
Dr. Angelo Giardino
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
Mrs. Geraldine Hall
Mr. and Mrs. Sam and Ann Hinojosa
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Jones
Mrs. Barbara Keebler and Mr. Terrence Giroux
Dr. Araceli Lardizabal-Carnazzo
Mr. and Mrs. John McCabe
Dr. Margaret B. Melady
Mrs. Helena Metzger
Dr. Marianne Evans Mount
Mount St. Mary’s College and Seminary
Mrs. Barbara P. Murphy
Dr. and Mrs. Frederick Scheuren
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Smith
St. Agnes Catholic Church
St. Mary Catholic Church
St. Matthew Catholic Church
St. Theresa Catholic Church
Mrs. Treena Rinaldi
Dr. and Mrs. Charles R. Wasaff
Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Wilkins