The Knights of Columbus for the Jurisdiction of Massachusetts
proudly bestowed its highest public honor,
2008 LANTERN AWARD
Bishop William E. Lori, S.T.D.
On the occasion of the Fifty-Second Annual Lantern Award Presentation at the One hundred eighth Annual Patriots Day Dinner on Monday April 21st at the Newton Marriott.
Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus
As supreme chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., has the responsibility of overseeing the spiritual welfare of the Orderís 1.7 million members and their families.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Bishop Lori obtained a bachelor's degree from the Seminary of Saint Pius X in Erlanger, Ky, in 1973, and a masterís degree from Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., in 1977. In 1982, Bishop Lori received his doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Bishop Lori was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Washington by Cardinal William Baum on May 14, 1977, in St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington, D.C. His first assignment was as associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Landover, Md., a position he held for five years. Thereafter, Bishop Lori held a number of official chancery positions in the archdiocese, including vicar general, moderator of the Curia, and secretary to Cardinal James Hickey.
In 1995, Bishop Lori was ordained to the episcopate as auxiliary bishop of Washington and titular bishop of Bulla, an ancient suffragan see in modern-day Tunisia.
Bishop Lori is chairman of the board of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., and of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Since 2001, Bishop Lori has been a member of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities and the Committee on Doctrine of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). In 2002, President George W. Bush invited Bishop Lori to join the President's Committee on Mental Retardation.
In 2002, in recognition of his role as an emerging leader in the Church's response to the sexual misconduct crisis, Bishop Lori was appointed to the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse. He was instrumental in drafting the landmark Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
As one of four U.S. bishops on a special Mixed Commission, Bishop Lori journeyed to the Vatican to revise the "Essential Norms" of the Charter, which has now become particular law for the Catholic Church in the United States to ensure that no one who works for the Catholic Church will ever pose a threat of any kind to any person, young or old.
Bishop Lori was elected supreme chaplain of the Knights of Columbus in April 2005.
1951: Born on May 6 in Louisville, KY, the second of three sons to Margaret and Francis Lori.
1973: Earns a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Seminary of Saint Pius X in Erlanger, KY. Enters major seminary, Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, to study for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Washington.
1977: Earns a Master of Arts degree from Mount Saint Mary's Seminary. On May 14, he is ordained to the priesthood by William Cardinal Baum in Saint Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C. His first assignment is as Associate Pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in Landover, MD.
1982: Earns a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D) from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Named Director of the Archdiocese of Washington's Commission of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, and Theological Advisor to His Eminence, James Cardinal Hickey, Archbishop of Washington.
1983: Named Secretary and Theologian to Cardinal Hickey, a position he holds until 1994.
1993: Named a member of the Board of Governors of the Maryland Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of Maryland's Catholic bishops, and the District of Columbia Catholic Conference.
1994: Appointed Chancellor, Vicar General, and Moderator of the Curia for the Archdiocese of Washington.
1995: Ordained to the Episcopate as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington and Titular Bishop of Bulla, on April 20 in Saint Matthew's Cathedral.
2001: On January 23, appointed the Fourth Bishop of Bridgeport, succeeding His Eminence, Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York. On March 19, the Feast of Saint Joseph, installed as Bishop of Bridgeport at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.
Arms of Bishop William E. Lori,