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Cardinal Dolan to speak at DWC fundraiser

Event in Dubuque is April 21; will benefit college scholarships

EPWORTH – His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan will be the keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner to benefit students at Divine Word College on Friday, April 21, at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. A social at 6 p.m. will precede the dinner and program at 7 p.m. Proceeds will go to the DWC Student Scholarship Fund.

Tickets are $50 and available by contacting Divine Word College at 563-876-3353 or email Seating is limited.

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In 1979, as a young associate pastor from Richmond Heights, Missouri, Card­i­nal Dolan studied for his doctorate at Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., and stayed at a house owned by the Society of the Divine Word (SVD). Retaining friendships with some members of the society from those years, he went on to the reach the highest levels of the Catholic Church.

“It’s definitely an honor and I’m thrilled that he accepted our invitation. He’s a very busy man,” said Father Timothy Lenchak, SVD, president of Divine Word College. “Cardinal Dolan has a certain fondness for the SVDs that he met while he was in Washington, especially for Father Tom Krosnicki, SVD, and he seems to have a willingness to be a bit missionary by helping this small college educate future missionaries.”

Proceeds will go to the Divine Word College Student Scholarship Fund, which benefits every student, especially international students. Cardinal Dolan’s visit will also help the college continue to show that it is more than “that building with all the flags on Highway 20.” DWC is part of an international Catholic missionary order, the Society of the Divine Word.

“Cardinal Dolan has a very wide view of the world, with frequent contact with the Vatican, so he has a good idea of what’s happening in the church today,” Father Lenchak said. “In a gentle way, his visit will help remind people that Divine Word College plays an active role in the global Catholic Church.”

Based in Epworth, Iowa, Divine Word College is a Roman Catholic seminary in the tradition of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), which educates men and women for missionary service as priests, brothers, sisters and laypersons. For this purpose, it offers an education that combines spiritual formation, a liberal arts curriculum, language learning and mission preparation within an environment that teaches and honors the rich cultural diversity of the world.


New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan addresses the congregation at the end of the annual Black History Month Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York Feb. 5. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)