Christendom College will welcome 21 presidents of Catholic colleges and universities across America to its Front Royal, Va. campus for the Ex Corde Ecclesiae Presidents Roundtable. The Roundtable, to be held February 27-28, will be spiritually led by His Eminence Sean Patrick Cardinal O’Malley, and will examine the challenges and opportunities facing Catholic institutions of higher education, giving the presidents the opportunity to reflect and assist one another in strengthening the Catholic identity of their respective institutions.
The Ex Corde Ecclesiae Presidents Roundtable, which was initiated by Christendom College president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, is a private association of presidents of Catholic universities, colleges, and institutes, who have embraced the vision of Catholic higher education as presented in the Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae of Pope Saint John Paul II and developed by Pope Benedict XVI, particularly in his historic address at the Catholic University of America on April 17, 2008.
During their private meetings, the presidents will converse and show mutual support for each other concerning challenges and problems relating to the leadership of their institutions. These discussions will focus on topics ranging from student life, the role of faculty at institutions, to the Church’s mission to evangelize. All discussions will be in service to the individual mission and unique charism of each institution.
As a special guest, Cardinal O’Malley will personally open the Roundtable’s spiritual reflections, giving a talk on strengthening Catholic identity to the presidents and the importance of their roles as spiritual leaders at their respective institutions of higher learning. This will lend an atmosphere of prayer and spiritual reflection to the roundtable, giving the presidents the opportunity for spiritual renewal as well. His Eminence will also celebrate Mass for the group.
The Ex Corde Ecclesiae Presidents Round Table normally meets every two years, promoting fellowship and cooperation among presidents to strengthen the Catholic identity of their schools as articulated by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.