View the Gala Mass program.
View the Gala program.
The 2021 gala was held on Thursday, November 18, 2021
at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, Washington, D.C.
Founders Award Recipient
The Most Reverend Robert Barron
Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Founder of Word on Fire
served as the evening’s emcee
We are grateful for your support. Not only has your gift supported our award winner and graduates, you have also supported the only exclusively online university in The Association of Theological Schools. As the university’s only annual fundraiser, the Gala provides much needed revenue to fulfill our strategic mission for Catholic online education that nurtures the spiritual and intellectual life of Catholics around the globe.
In 1983, Bishop Thomas Welsh founded CDU to bring the truth of Christ and His Church to the world through online distance education. CDU’s web-based learning community enhances adult faith formation and enables access to accredited degree programs in theology simply with a connection to the Internet. Today, our graduates are proof that CDU’s digital learning is transformative. Nine out of ten graduates are using their knowledge in roles that serve the Church. For many students, CDU is their only option to enhance their professional work, to prepare for careers in the Church, to volunteer in parishes and dioceses, and to be parents who are both witnesses and missionary disciples, speaking with passion and knowledge about the faith. All this is accomplished at less than half the cost of attending a traditional Catholic university or college and would not be possible without the generosity of people like you.
Your generous donation to our annual event enables us to provide transformative Catholic education in fidelity to the teachings of the Church anytime, anywhere around the world, delivered 24/7 to smart phones and tablets, iPhones and iPads! You make it possible for CDU to serve the underserved and those who serve, and to achieve our great mission to “Teach all Nations” by communicating the mind and heart of the Church in a digital world. Your gift:
- Educates American service men and women deployed around the world.
- Prepares directors of religious education, teachers, and catechists to teach, promote, and defend the Catholic faith
- Brings the healing Word of God to Catholic prison inmates who take courses to deepen their faith and evangelize fellow inmates.
- Supports Mission Dioceses with scholarships for strong lay leaders.
- Holds down tuition rates. Most graduates share their knowledge and serve the Church.
- Supports isolated and marginalized Catholics around the globe with online campus resources.
Your generosity answers the need of the Church to provide transformative religious education in an online format that is essential for the New Evangelization so frequently mentioned by Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. Understanding and sharing our Faith will transform individuals, communities and cultures around the globe. Thank you for supporting CDU’s 2021 Gala. We look forward to seeing you there!
2021 – His Excellency Most Reverend Robert Barron
2019 – His Excellency Most Reverend Christophe Pierre
2017 – Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, SJ, PhD
2016 – Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight of The Knights of Columbus
2016 – His Excellency Most Reverend William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore and Supreme Chaplain of Knights of Columbus
2015 – Helen Alvare, JD
Professor of Law, George Mason University
2014 – His Excellency The Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio
Archbishop for the Military Services
2014 – His Excellency The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio
Bishop of Brooklyn
2013 – Barbara & Tim Murphy
2012 – Dr. Margaret & Ambassador Thomas Melady
2011 – His Excellency, The Most Reverend Pietro Sambi
Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America
2011 – Joseph and Bertha Braddock
2010 – His Excellency, The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde
Bishop of Arlington
2010 – EWTN
Mr. Michael Warsaw, Chairman of the Board
2017 – St. James the Greater
Rev. John S. Ledford
2017 – St. Veronica Catholic Church
Rev. Dennis W. Kleinmann
2016 – Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
Rev. John D. Kelly
2015 – Good Shepherd Catholic Church
Rev. Thomas Ferguson
2014 – St. John the Apostle Roman Catholic Church
Rev. John P. Mosimann
2013 – St. Mary Catholic Church
Rev. Dennis W. Kleinmann
2012 – Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Rev. John M. O’Donohue
2011 – St. Raymond of Penafort Catholic Church
2010 – St. Agnes Catholic Church
Rev. Frederick H. Edlefsen
2019 – Diocese of Brooklyn
Gala Host Committee 2021
Stephen Pryor, Chairman of the Board of Trustees
The Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees and University Chancellor
The Honorable Susan R. Malone
We are grateful to our sponsors!
The Basilica of St. Mary
The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
EWTN Global Catholic Network
Mr. and Mrs. Alan Holmer
Hon. Janice Obuchowski and the Halprin Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Pryor
Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
Archdiocese of Washington
Mrs. Bertha Braddock
Diocese of Arlington
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
Mrs. Barbara Keebler and Mr. Terrence Giroux
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Maher
Mrs. Sandra McMurtrie
Dr. and Mrs. Fritz Scheuren
Dr. Marianne Evans Mount
Mrs. Barbara Murphy
Mr. and Mrs. William Page
Dr. and Mrs. Fritz Scheuren
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Smith, Esq.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schott Stevens
Dr. and Mrs. Charles R. Wasaff
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles
The Most Rev. Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D.
Reverend Monsignor John C. Cregan
The Catholic University of America
Mr. Brian Corbin and Dr. Donna DeBlasio
Mr. Daniel Curtin
The Most Reverend John M. Dougherty
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gallinelli
Drs. Angelo and Eileen Giardino
Mrs. Geraldine Hall
Ms. Jean Halle and Mr. Glenn Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Hertz
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Jones
The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, J.C.L.
Mr. and Mrs. John McCabe. Esq.
Mr. Michael McGarry
Dr. Margaret Melady
Mrs. Helena Metzger
Mrs. Blanche Moore
Mr. and Mrs. John Palaszczuk
Mrs. Mary Petrino, DM
St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Hon. and Mrs. Peter Schaumber
Mrs. Elizabeth Shortell
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Tauke
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wilkins
Trip Auction Sponsor
Rappahannock Cellars and Dida’s Distillery
St. Luke Catholic Church