Thomas W. Keefe, president of the University of Dallas, issued this statement today regarding Pope Benedict XVI's announcement on Monday, Feb. 11, that he will resign the office of the papacy effective Feb. 28, 2013.
"The University of Dallas is profoundly grateful for the courage and love Pope Benedict XVI has shown as leader of the Catholic Church. His actions define what it means to serve the Church. We stand in awe of this statement of self sacrifice as we witness a courageous and historic move."
The University of Dallas is one of the nation's most highly regarded Catholic universities and is the only university in North Texas affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. More than 3,200 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the Constantin College of Liberal Arts, the College of Business, the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts and the School of Ministry.
While its main campus is in Irving, Texas, the university's Eugene Constantin Campus is situated just outside Rome. From this site operates its nationally-recognized Rome Program, where University of Dallas students spend a semester living and learning by exploring the Eternal City and the many sites that loom large in the history of Roman Catholicism.