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Georgian Court Welcomes Bishop O'Connell for Talk on Faith, Holiness

Georgian Court University's Year of Faith Continues with Bishop's Public Lecture

Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 14, 2013—Georgian Court University's Year of Faith   observance continues Tuesday, January 29, when Bishop David M. O'Connell of the Diocese of Trenton delivers a free, public lecture on the "The Call to Holiness." His talk will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre on GCU's historic Lakewood campus. A brief reception will follow the lecture.

In addition to his public lecture, Bishop O'Connell will spend time with Georgian Court faculty and students earlier in the day during the Mass of the Holy Spirit. The bishop, also a former president of The Catholic University of America, continues to be actively involved with GCU, the only Catholic institution of higher education in Central and South Jersey.

Members of the community are welcome to attend the bishop's January 29 lecture, but reservations are required and seating is limited. To reserve your spot, please contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Bishop O'Connell's 2013 discussion is part of GCU's Year of Faith, as declared internationally in October 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI. In October 2012, Bishop O'Connell led thousands of area parishoners and others (including GCU students, faculty, and religious staff) in an official kickoff at the PNC Bank Arts Center. Since then, the university has held other Year of Faith events, sponsored, in part, by a $50,000 grant from the Council of Independent Colleges' NetVUE initiative.

About Bishop David M. O'Connell
Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., 10th Bishop of Trenton, was born in Philadelphia. A priest of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission, also known as the Vincentians, Bishop O'Connell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Niagara University, New York, and a Master of Divinity and Master of Moral Theology from Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, Pennsylvania. He pursued studies in canon law at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., obtaining a licentiate and then a doctorate in canon law. He was ordained a priest of the Congregation of the Mission in Mary Immaculate Seminary by Bishop Joseph McShea of the Diocese of Allentown in 1982.

Bishop O'Connell has served in a variety of educational settings, including Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster, Pennsylvania; Mary Immaculate Seminary; St. John's University, Queens, New York; and Niagara University. In 1998, then-Father O'Connell was named the 14th president of The Catholic University of America. Among the many highlights of his presidency was the opportunity to serve as a member of the planning committee for Pope Benedict XVI's pastoral visit to the United States in April 2008 and to host the pope at CUA, where he delivered an address to Catholic educators.

Bishop O'Connell succeeded Bishop John M. Smith as the 10th Bishop of Trenton on December 1, 2010.

About the Year of Faith
The Year of Faith, as declared in October 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI, will be celebrated globally from October 11, 2012, to November 24, 2013. The global observance marks the 50th anniversary of Vatican II and the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Other GCU Year of Faith activities include a faculty book club examining "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion," by the Rev. Gregory Boyle, and "Vatican II: Fifty Personal Stories" by William Madges and Michael J. Daley; a March 2 alumni/parent retreat focused on the use of scripture in prayer life; and additional spirituality and vocation-focused retreats for GCU students. Earlier this academic year, GCU's Year of Faith was instrumental in the university's November 16 Day of Service, which paired dozens of GCU volunteers with more than 30 area nonprofits struggling in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Year of Faith members also hosted GCU's 2012 Virtual Pilgrimage, which promoted physical and spiritual wellness throughout Advent.

About Georgian Court University 
  Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court will become a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

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