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Pope Appoints CUA President as Bishop

Bishop-elect David M. O'Connell

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI announced on June 4, 2010, that he has appointed Very Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey. As coadjutor, Bishop O’Connell will automatically succeed the current bishop of Trenton, Most Reverend John Mortimer Smith, when Pope Benedict accepts his resignation as required by canon law at a date yet to be determined. He will turn 75 in June. Bishop-elect O’Connell will become the tenth bishop of Trenton.

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Videos of Bishop O'Connell

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Feature Presentation on Bishop O'Connell's Presidency 

In this video, Bishop O'Connell's colleagues, friends, faculty and staff reflect on his leadership and legacy. It was shown at a farewell dinner in his honor on June 7, 2010.

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Timeline of the Father O'Connell Years

With a prayer of dedication to God who "makes all things new" Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., began his tenure as president of The Catholic University of America in the fall of 1998. Almost 12 years later, the university community takes a retrospective look at the events and accomplishments of the Father O'Connell years.



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Faculty-Staff Farewell Reception Photos

Faculty and staff farewell reception for Father O'Connell 
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President's Forum

In the 34 columns Father O'Connell wrote for CUA Magazine, he has shared deeply personal stories, ambitious dreams for the university and his great love for its students. His columns cover a wide range of topics from reflections on the start of a new millennium to thoughts about timeless family values to memories inspired by a musical trip down memory lane with Simon and Garfunkel.

Behold Your Mother, Behold Your Son (Spring 2010)

It was the toughest day of my life and the most difficult decision.
My youngest brother lay comatose in a hospital, ravaged by swine flu and pneumonia in both lungs. He had been my mother’s principal caretaker since my father’s death five years ago. I brought Mom to Washington to care for her awhile.
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The Greatness of God's Gift (Fall 2009)

It was a beautiful but hot and humid day, the day I was ordained a priest. The chapel was filled to capacity and the heat inside was probably due to that and a number of other factors: the lack of air conditioning, the vestments in which my classmates and I were robed and the nervousness we all felt.
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See the complete collection of Father O'Connell's CUA Magazine columns.