Renowned author, speaker, and Catholic priest Reverend George W. Rutler will present a lecture on “The Public Diary of a City Priest” at Christendom College on October 7, 2002, at 6:30 p.m.
Fr. Rutler was ordained to the diaconate in Rome by His Eminence William Cardinal Baum in 1980 and received priestly ordination in St. Patrick’s Cathedral at the hands of His Eminence Terence Cardinal Cooke in 1981. He served as Associate Pastor of St. Joseph’s Bronxville; Our Lady of Victory in the Wall Street area; and St. Agnes, Manhattan. He was a university chaplain for the Archdiocese, and also chaplain to a general hospital and a psychiatric hospital. For ten years he was National Chaplain of Legatus, the organization of Catholic business leaders and their families engaged in spiritual formation and evangelization. A board member of several schools and colleges, as well as an advisor to the Board of Christendom College, he is also Chaplain of the New York Guild of Catholic Lawyers and has long been associated with Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity, and other religious orders, as a retreat master. For thirteen years his weekly television program has been broadcast worldwide on EWTN. Cardinal Egan appointed Fr. Rutler pastor of The Church of Our Saviour, effective September 17, 2001.
Born in 1945 and reared in the Episcopal tradition in New Jersey and New York, Father Rutler was an Episcopal priest for nine years, and the youngest Episcopal rector in the country when he headed the Church of Good Shepherd in Rosemont, Pennsylvania. He was received into the Catholic Church in 1979 and was sent to the North American College in Rome for seminary studies. His parents, Adolphe and Dorothy, both now deceased, were received into the Church in 1982 by Cardinal Cooke. Father graduated from Dartmouth where he was a Rufus Choate Scholar, and took advanced degrees at the Johns Hopkins University and the General Theological Seminary. He holds several degrees from the Gregorian and Angelicum Universities in Rome, including the Pontifical Doctorate in Sacred Theology and studies at the Institut Catholique in Paris. In England in 1988 the University of Oxford awarded him the degree Master of Studies. From 1987 to 1989 he was regular teacher to the students, faculty and townspeople of Oxford. Thomas More College awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters and in 1996 Governor George W. Bush made him an Honorary Texan.
Fr. Rutler contributes to numerous scholarly and popular journals and has published fourteen books on theology, history, cultural issues, and the lives of the saints, and also one book on sports, as a member of the U.S. Squash Racquets Association.
The public is cordially invited to attend the lecture. A reception will follow in the Aula Magna Mariae, located in the lower level of the Chapel. For more information contact Meg McNeely at (800) 877-5456, extension 255.