Canadian Archbishop, Catholic Education Advocate to Give UDMC Keynote Address

Canadian Archbishop, Catholic Education Advocate to Give UDMC Keynote Address



The Most Rev. J. Michael Miller, CSB, archbishop of the Diocese of Vancouver, will give the keynote address at the eighth annual University of Dallas Ministry Conference (UDMC), which will be held Oct. 23-25 at the Irving Convention Center.

The archbishop's address, titled "Evangelii Gaudium: The Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Francis," will be given in English on Friday, Oct. 24, from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. and in Spanish ("Evangelii Gaudium: La exhortacin apostlica del Santo Padre Francisco") on Friday, Oct. 24, from 2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Since his ordination in 1975 by Pope Paul VI, Archbishop Miller has held a variety of positions. He was on the theology faculty and later the president of the University of St. Thomas in Houston; in 2003, St. John Paul II named him secretary of the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education. Archbishop Miller has been the chief shepherd of Vancouver's 475,000 Catholics since Jan. 2009 after being named coadjutor archbishop of Vancouver in 2007.

In 2006, Archbishop Miller received an honorary Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from UD when he gave the commencement address.

Currently, the archbishop is chancellor of St. Mark's College and Corpus Christi College and is president of the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese. He has implemented many changes since arriving in Vancouver, such as founding the Apostolate of Catholic Education for Teachers, creating a First Nations Ministry office and opening an official communications office.

Archbishop Miller has written seven books on topics that include the Holy See's teaching on Catholic schools, the development of the papacy and the encyclicals of St. John Paul II. His book "The Holy See's Teaching on Catholic Schools" is currently being used by 45 schools of the archdiocese.

"The School of Ministry is extremely excited to have Archbishop Miller as this year's keynote speaker for the UDMC," said School of Ministry Dean Theodore Whapham. "Archbishop Miller is well-known for his work with Catholic education and will be an outstanding speaker for the many students, catechists and educators who attend the conference. His keynote address will speak to the joy and enthusiasm of preaching the Gospel that has already been a centerpiece of this pontificate."

Register now for UDMC to hear Archbishop Miller's address and attend a variety of other sessions for teachers, catechists and Catholics from all walks of life. The early registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 25, which includes three days' worth of programming for only $57 -- $18 off the pre-registration cost and $43 off the cost at the door.


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