3rd Annual Communion Breakfast for Educators

News Story: September 1, 2010

Washington, D.C.’s Cardinal Wuerl to Headline 3rd Annual Communion Breakfast for Educators

Sponsored by Fairfield County CAPP and SHU’s Farrington School of Education

Cardinal Wuerl

The Third Annual Communion Breakfast for Fairfield County Educators will take place at Sacred Heart University on Sunday, March 6th, 2011. The event will feature a special presentation on “Catholic Social Teaching: A Component of the New Evangelization” by Donald Cardinal Wuerl, S.T.D., Cardinal of Washington, DC. The breakfast is designed for educators from Pre-K-12 and in higher education and will offer practical information and networking opportunities for those who attend.

The Communion Breakfast is open to all. Tickets are $35 per person and $300 for a table of 10. Since seating is limited, early registration is encouraged. Contact Sheila Moseley to register at 203-396-8097 or moseleys@sacredheart.edu.

Sponsored by Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) of Fairfield County and SHU’s Isabelle Farrington School of Education, this special event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a special tour of the art installations in the University’s new Chapel of the Holy Spirit, followed by the celebration of Mass by Cardinal Wuerl, at 9:00 a.m. The homilist will be the Most Rev. William E. Lori, S.T.D., Bishop of Bridgeport. Breakfast will immediately follow.
Cardinal Wuerl was installed in June 2006 as the sixth Archbishop of Washington, D.C.  He is known nationally for his catechetical and teaching ministry and for his efforts on behalf of Catholic education.  He is currently chairman of the board of directors of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, chancellor of the Catholic University of America, and chairman of the board of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center. He is also chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine and a member of the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.  He is the author of numerous articles and books, including the best-selling catechisms, The Teaching of Christ and The Catholic Way.

Cardinal Wuerl received graduate degrees from the Catholic University of America and the Gregorian University, and a doctorate in theology from the University of Saint Thomas in Rome, in 1974.  He was ordained to the priesthood in 1966, and ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II in1986 in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome.  He served as auxiliary bishop in Seattle until 1987 and then as Bishop of Pittsburgh for 18 years until his appointment to Washington, D.C.

As the ecclesiastical counselor for CAPP, Bishop Lori described this special event as a way for Catholic teachers and administrators to meet with each other and to explore common concerns and discuss strategies for excellence. “CAPP celebrates the Church’s historic pursuit of social justice – a theme that finds its place in many classrooms. Educators are pressed to relate the classroom experience to the lived experience of the people. Certainly, the Holy Father’s hopes for a ‘new evangelization, of bringing the timeless message of the Gospel to a weary world, will be enhanced and enriched by Catholic social teaching.”

CAPP was founded in 1993 to encourage business people, academics and other professionals to study and promote Catholic social teaching. It is named for Pope John Paul’s encyclical of the same name that marked the 100th anniversary o f the landmark papal document on social responsibility, Rerum Novarum. The Diocese of Bridgeport is one of three pioneering dioceses in the United States to establish a chapter.
The Isabelle Farrington School of Education is the largest independent educator of teachers and administrators in the state, and it annually recommends about 300 students for certification. A part of the University’s College of Education and Health Professions, the School sponsors a vigorous internship program for students who are completing their initial certification after they have completed their bachelor’s degree; it places more than 200 interns in schools each year.