The 64th annual Mardi Gras Gala is scheduled for March 4, 2014, at the River Oaks Country Club and will benefit the University of St. Thomas Student Scholarship Fund – known as the St. Thomas Fund. This scholarship fund provides financial assistance to students from across the Houston region – and around the world – who dream of attending UST but lack the financial means to benefit from its high quality, faith-based education. By sponsoring this event at an underwriter level, in honor of Cardinal DiNardo and in support of UST students, you will be among a cherished group of UST’s closest friends and benefactors who will be recognized at this exceptional event. Premium seating is limited.
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For more information, please contact Lauren Summerville at 713-942-5003.
Mardi Gras Honors Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo is the archbishop of Galveston-Houston and pastor to its 1.3 million Catholics, 440 priests, 146 parishes and 60 schools spread over 8,880 square miles.
Born in Steubenville, Ohio, and raised with three siblings in Castle Shannon near Pittsburgh, Cardinal DiNardo attended Catholic schools before enrolling in St. Paul Seminary and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He received his master’s degree in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and degrees of Sacred Theology from both the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Patristic Institute Augustinianum in Rome.
He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Pittsburgh on July 16, 1977. From 1984 to 1991, he worked in Rome as a staff member for the Congregation for Bishops, as director of Villa Stritch, and as adjunct professor at the Pontifical North American College. In 1991 he returned to Pittsburgh.
He was appointed coadjutor bishop of Sioux City, Iowa and ordained a bishop in October 1997.
He was named coadjutor bishop (later coadjutor archbishop) of Galveston-Houston in January 2004 and succeeded Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza on February 28, 2006. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in November of 2006 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.