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Issue Date:  February 6, 2004


Fr. Eugene F. Lauer, codirector of the Hesburgh Center at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, has been named director of the National Pastoral Life Center in New York. Lauer, 68, is a priest of the Pittsburgh diocese who was ordained in 1961. He will succeed Msgr. Philip J. Murnion, founding director of the New York center who died of cancer in August. Lauer is expected to begin work March 15.

Mpho Tutu has taken up the family business. The 40-year-old daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu of Cape Town, South Africa, was ordained a priest in the Episcopal church Jan. 17 in Virginia. The elder Tutu, 72, was clearly moved after the service, when he removed his bishop’s miter and knelt with three other bishops to be blessed by the new priests. Mpho smiled, placed her hands on her father’s cheeks, and gave him a small kiss. “It was awesome,” she said. Mpho is married to a sportswriter for The Boston Globe and has a 7-year-old daughter.

Christian Brother Vincent Malham, president of Bethlehem University in the Holy Land will receive the 2003-2004 Bishop Carroll T. Dozier Award for Peace and Justice from Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tenn. The award recognizes Malham’s work over the last two years as the university has been in the crossfire between the Israeli army and Palestinians. Dozier was the first bishop of Memphis (1971-82) and a leader in race relations.

National Catholic Reporter, February 6, 2004

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