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Center for Faith and Culture Honors Herbert P. Edmundson, Jr. ’69, Ph.D., M.D. at Faithful Citizenship Dinner

More than 230 friends of the University of St. Thomas Donald S. Nesti, CSSp Center for Faith and Culture attended the seventh annual Faithful Citizenship Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 4 at Houston Country Club. The theme for this year’s dinner was “Healing the World through Love” and the honor of the Faithful Citizen Award was bestowed upon Herbert P. Edmundson, Jr. ’69, Ph.D., M.D., who currently serves as Board Chair for the University of St. Thomas.

Center Director Fr. Chris Valka, CSB and Fr. Donald S. Nesti, CSSp presented the Faithful Citizenship Award to Dr. Edmundson. In addition to the award, the Center made a donation in Dr. Edmundson’s honor to the newly established CeltCare fund, created by UST President Dr. Richard Ludwick, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, to provide assistance to students in need.

Special guests for the evening included newly appointed UST President Dr. Richard Ludwick and his wife, Melynda, Rev. Chris Valka, CBS, Center Director of the Center for Faith and Culture, David Harvey and Michelle Hebl, Mrs. Raye G. White, Dr. Robert and Marianne Ivany, Annette and George Strake, Rev. Donald S. Nesti, CSSp, Bishop George Sheltz and Most Reverend George T. Smith, CSB, Superior General for the Congregation of St. Basil.

Dr. Edmundson has devoted more than 50 years of service to the University of St. Thomas and in addition to his many academic accolades, holds the distinction of being the first ever alumnus to serve as Board Chair for the University of St. Thomas. Surrounded by his family and dear friends, the evening was a tribute to the great work that Dr. Edmundson has done for the Houston community and UST.

The Faithful Citizenship Dinner provides funds for the Center endowment and programmatic needs. This year nearly $240,000 was raised through table and ticket sponsors. The dinner is graciously underwritten by an anonymous donor to whom the Center is very thankful.  

The Donald S. Nesti, CSSp Center for Faith and Culture (CFC) was established in 1994 by the University of St. Thomas as an outreach center to the Houston community and surrounding area. Since its founding, the Center and its leadership have sought to develop an integrated approach to the American way of life and the values of the Gospel that is responsive to contemporary needs of American Catholics and other faiths, making dialogue the primary mode in which it undertakes its activities and programmatic offerings.

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