Archbishop William E. Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be delivering the convocation address, “The Freedom to Bear Witness,” at Ave Maria University on Friday, September 5, 2014. He will be speaking at 1:15 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed the Most Revered William Edward Lori as the Archbishop of Baltimore on March 20, 2012. Archbishop Lori received his B.A. from the Seminary of Saint Pius X, Kentucky, and his M.A. from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Maryland. He received his S.T.D. from The Catholic University of America, D.C. in 1982.
In 2011, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan appointed Archbishop Lori as the Chair of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. Later that year, Archbishop Lori addressed a Subcommittee on the Constitution of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, calling on Congress to stand up for religious liberty in America. In his address to the first meeting of the Observatory on Religious Liberty in Rome, Archbishop Lori spoke about his own diocese, America’s first Roman Catholic diocese, as striking at the “roots of the American democratic experiment, in which liberty is recognized as coming from God, not from government.” He went on to explain how our ability, as Americans, “to enjoy and practice religious freedom” is being threatened by the HHS mandate, and concluded that we are called, in the pattern of the saints, to “rally for religious freedom,” to “engage our fellow citizens and government leaders…in hope, respect, and love,” and to “sustain our national promise of freedom and equality to succeeding generations.”
President Jim Towey has worked closely with Archbishop Lori in coordinating Ave Maria University’s legal strategy with that of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Towey and the Archbishop have known each other for over 20 years and are long-time friends. Their association dates back to when Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta was opening a home for people with AIDS and the Archbishop was then assisting James Cardinal Hickey, Archbishop of Washington, DC.
Archbishop William E. Lori is Chancellor of Mount St. Mary’s University, Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America. He is the Chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Universities and Colleges, former Chairman and current member of the USCCB’s Committee on Doctrine, a member of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and a member of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage. Archbishop Lori was elected Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus in 2005.
Archbishop Lori’s motto is: Caritas in Veritate, “Charity in Truth.”