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CTU honors beloved Chicago priest

Msgr. Kenneth Velo to receive 2011 Blessed are the Peacemakers Award

March 3, 2011


Chicago, IL, March 3, 2011—The Board of Trustees of Catholic Theological Union will honor Archdiocesan priest and community leader, Monsignor Kenneth Velo, at the annual Blessed are the Peacemakers dinner Wednesday, April 27, 2011.  Well-known in the city of Chicago, Monsignor Velo is someone who has the gift of bringing people together for the sake of the common good.

Monsignor Velo has long been a leader in the Archdiocese of Chicago, working closely with the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin and serving as President of the Catholic Church Extension Society and as President of the Big Shoulders Fund.  Currently, he serves as Senior Executive for Catholic Collaboration at DePaul University, the largest Catholic University in the United States. 

Additionally, Monsignor Velo assisted in the founding of Catholic Theological Union’s Bernardin Center, and since its inception has served on the Center’s Advisory Board and provided valuable leadership and guidance for Bernardin Scholars throughout the years.

This year’s event takes place Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, and begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m.   To make your reservations or for more information, please call 312-553-2000.

About the Blessed are the Peacemakers Award: The Blessed are the Peacemakers Award is presented each year to an institution, individual or group of individuals whose accomplishments and commitments reflect the values of the mission of Catholic Theological Union, particularly in the areas of reconciliation, justice, and peacemaking. Past recipients include: Lea Rabin, John Hume, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Sergeant Shriver, Steven Spielberg, Jean Vanier, Queen Noor, Cardinal Walter Kasper, Senator John C. Danforth,  the Kroc Institute of the University of Notre Dame, and the Jo and Newt Minow family.

About Catholic Theological Union: Catholic Theological Union (CTU), located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, is the largest Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in the United States. CTU educates five hundred clergy, religious, and lay persons pursuing master and doctoral level degrees in various areas of theology and ministry. Nearly one third of its student body is international from more than forty countries worldwide. In addition to its courses on Catholic theology, the school also has highly respected programs in reconciliation and interreligious dialogue, intended to promote dialogue and mutual respect among people of all faiths. Through its degree programs and other educational and formational opportunities, CTU strives to educate effective leaders for the Church whose mission is to witness Christ’s good news of justice, love, and peace to people of all nations.

For more information contact:

Elizabeth White
Catholic Theological Union
Cell: 617.548.7794