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Online Catholic university honors Baltimore archbishop, Knights of Columbus

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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 Award.


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 certificates.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016