CHARLES TOWN, WV – Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight, and Archbishop William E. Lori, S.T.D., Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus and Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, will be honored with the 2016 Founders Award by Catholic Distance University (CDU).
The award will be presented by the university at its annual Gala on Saturday, November 5, in Arlington, Virginia. The announcement was made by Marianne Evans Mount, PhD, president of the university.
“Carl Anderson and Archbishop Lori are exceptional Church leaders, and Catholic Distance University is honored to recognize them with the Founders Award,” said Dr. Mount.
“The organization they represent — the Knights of Columbus — promotes spiritual renewal among Catholics by strengthening them in holiness and unity, according to Pope Benedict,” added the CDU president. “The Knights are in the vanguard in supporting the evangelization of family life through the mission of the domestic Church.”
As Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization, which has more than 1.9 million members. Mr. Anderson was elected Supreme Knight in 2000 and earlier served as supreme secretary and state deputy of the District of Columbia.
Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus since 2005, Archbishop William Lori, S.T.D., has the responsibility of overseeing the spiritual welfare of members and their families. Archbishop Lori has served as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore since 2012. Previously he served as the fourth Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut, from 2001 until 2012. Prior to taking that post, Archbishop Lori was an auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington.
In addition to the Founders Award, CDU also will present the Bishop Thomas J. Welsh Parish Award to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia in the Diocese of Arlington. Father John Kelly is the pastor.