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Cardinal George to Kick Off New Lecture Series

His Eminence Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., the archbishop of Chicago, will be the inaugural speaker for a new lecture series in Duquesne's McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. As part of the Richard T. and Marion A. Byrnes Lecture Series, the cardinal will present The Importance of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Life of a Catholic University, the Church and Society on Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Duquesne Room.

The lecture series, which will focus on the Catholic intellectual life, was endowed through a $100,000 gift to the McAnulty College by an anonymous benefactor. Free and open to the public, the cardinal's lecture will be followed by a reception.

"The Catholic intellectual life series will derive from the Catholic intellectual tradition, whose twin pillars are theology and philosophy," said Dr. Albert C. Labriola, acting dean and professor in the McAnulty College. "The intellectual tradition is perpetuated by philosophers and theologians in the present era."

A member of the order of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, George was ordained a priest in 1963 and subsequently was appointed bishop of Yakima, Wash., archbishop of Portland, Ore. and archbishop of his native Chicago, Ill. He was named a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 1998, and recently started a three-year term as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

George holds several degrees, including a master's degree in philosophy from the Catholic University of America, a master's degree in theology from the University of Ottawa, a Ph.D. in American philosophy from Tulane University and an S.T.D. in ecclesiology from Pontifical Urban University, Rome. In addition, he taught philosophy at Our Lady of the Lake University, Tulane University and Creighton University, and he served as a visiting professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University. In addition, he was twice named an Outstanding Educator of America.

For more information or to register for Cardinal George's lecture, call 412.396.6388.

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