Papal Advisors Keynote Draws Thousand to UD Ministry Conference

Papal Adviser's Keynote Draws Thousands to 7th Annual UD Ministry Conference

The UD Ministry Conference set a new record for attendance during its seventh annual conference last October with more than 5,200 people attending all or part of the two-day event.

Conference organizers credit the high attendance to keynote speaker Cardinal scar Andrs Rodrguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and recently-appointed chair of the eight advising cardinals to Pope Francis.

Cardinal Rodriguez, in addition to hosting a press event that brought unprecedented Dallas/Fort Worth media attention to the conference, surprised undergraduate student with a two-hour question-and-answer session on the day before his keynote address. He then celebrated Mass for students in UD's Church of the Incarnation.

"The conference is beginning to really make an impression on the university as a whole," said Oscar Carranza, director of School of Ministry marketing and events. "In addition to the Cardinal's informal campus visit, UD faculty have become some of our most popular presenters, with many professors giving sessions that were filled to overflowing."

In his 45-minute address, Cardinal Rodriguez pointed to the New EvangelizationPope Benedict's call for Catholics to re-proclaim the Gospelfor the fulfillment of the work begun 50 years ago with the Second Vatican Council. The cardinal's address is available online.

Planning is already underway for the eighth annual UD Ministry Conference on Oct. 23-25, 2014, in the Irving Convention Center.

News

$250,000 Federal Grant to Support Politics Doctoral Students

"Our department has two fundamental guiding principles: the study of political philosophy and the study of American founding principles," said Richard Dougherty, MA '89 PhD '93, associate professor of politics and director of the politics graduate program. It is this emphasis on American political development combined with the quality of faculty and the rigor of the University of Dallas' politics doctoral program that led the U.S. Department of Education to award UD a $250,405 grant for stipend support for politics doctoral students through its Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need program.

+ Read More

Program Aims to Open UD Ethos to Wider Community

On Thursday, Sept. 26, several members of the university community gathered to celebrate the completion of Course II of the Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture program, the first component of UD's Liberal Learning for Life initiative. The course is titled "The Person: Tradition and History."

+ Read More