Baltimore Archbishop Lori and Carl Anderson are honored
along with Blessed Sacrament Church in Alexandria.
Catholic Distance University honored Baltimore Archbishop William
E. Lori and Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus at its
annual gala dinner Nov. 5 in Arlington. Both the archbishop, who is supreme
chaplain of the Knights, and Anderson, CEO and chairman, received the Founders
Bishop Paul S. Loverde, apostolic administrator of the Arlington
Diocese and president of CDU’s board of trustees, presented the awards. After
accepting his award, Archbishop Lori thanked Bishop Loverde for his leadership.
“I’ve been itching to say this all night long, and that is to express my
deepest love, my deepest respect for Bishop Loverde,” he said. “I don’t know a
bishop who has worked harder and accomplished more in the life of the church,
and I can’t imagine a better brother in the episcopacy than Bishop Loverde.
“We want to thank you and
I look forward to our continued friendship and your continuing ministry in the
life of the church. God bless you, and thank you, Bishop Loverde,” he said to applause
and a standing ovation for the bishop.
“I’ve said before to you
privately,” Bishop Loverde replied, “that it’s like an older brother watching
his younger brother advance and be promoted and live a life of distinction. So,
thank you, and I love you dearly. And I wish you many years in the episcopacy
as you … strongly lead.”
Dr. Marianne Evans Mount, president of the online Catholic
catechetical university said, “Carl Anderson and Archbishop Lori are
exceptional church leaders, and Catholic Distance University is honored to
recognize them with the Founders Award."
Blessed Sacrament Church in Alexandria received the Bishop Thomas
J. Welsh Award. Father John D. Kelly, pastor, accepted the award on behalf of
the parish, which has served the City of Alexandria and South Arlington since 1946.
It has a longstanding reputation of being a faith-filled community.
CDU, which began as a correspondence catechetical institute in
1983, now calls itself the only Catholic university that operates totally
online. Students from all 50 states and 60 countries study for accredited
degrees in theology and liberals arts, as well as continuing education