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News April 7, 2015


Boston Archbishop Cardinal O’Malley to Give UD Ministry Conference Keynote

Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., archbishop of Boston and one of the eight advising cardinals to Pope Francis, will give the keynote address at the ninth annual University of Dallas Ministry Conference (UDMC). The annual event will be held Oct. 22-24 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas.

Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., archbishop of Boston and one of the eight advising cardinals to Pope Francis, will give the keynote address at the ninth annual University of Dallas Ministry Conference (UDMC). The annual event will be held Oct. 22-24 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas.

"The School of Ministry is extremely excited to have Cardinal O’Malley as this year's keynote speaker for the UDMC," said School of Ministry Dean Theodore Whapham. "Cardinal O’Malley is well-known for his work with religious education and social ministry and will be an outstanding speaker for the many students, catechists and educators who attend the conference."

The cardinal will address the conference in English Friday, Oct. 23, from 9:45-10:45 a.m. and in Spanish Friday, Oct. 23, from 2:45-4 p.m.

Cardinal O’Malley, who has been the archbishop of Boston since 2003, was proclaimed a cardinal by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in 2006. He holds a doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese literature from the Catholic University of America. In Washington D.C., he founded Centro Católico Hispano (Hispanic Catholic Center), an organization which provided educational, medical and legal help to immigrants.

After being ordained a bishop, his first appointment was to the Diocese of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. There, he is especially remembered for his work with the homeless and for opening a home for people with AIDS. He also served as bishop of the Dioceses of Fall River, Mass., and Palm Beach, Calif. The cardinal is a member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.

The UDMC will move to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center this year to accommodate its growing attendance. The conference, which is the second largest of its kind in the United States, is sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and the University of Dallas. Last year, more than 5,200 participants from 31 states and seven countries attended.

Early registration for the conference will open May 15.

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Originally published at udallas.edu.