Catholic Universities Partnership

    Distinguished Personalities from Catholic Universities and their Stories
    Catholic Universities Partnership

    Although some of the institutions of our Catholic Universities Partnership are quite young and others have a longer history, it is important for the leadership of any of our institution to take a moment to look back at the institution’s origins and development. An important part of the founding and existence of our Catholic University in Ružomberok are the extraordinary people who have devoted their time and energy to the growth of our institution. We would like to share stories of some of our founding figures and remarkable personalities and we would like to invite our friends from the Catholic Universities Partnership to share stories of their distinguished personalities. The lives and deeds of these people will help us better understand our past, locate our present in the context of the achievements of our founders and it will allow us to envision what we may do to further advance our institutions.

    The conference will take place at the Catholic University in Ružomberok, Slovakia, from October 19 to 20, 2023. The conference language will be English.








    Holy Mass in the University Church of the Holy Family in Ružomberok - Rybárpole

    Textilná 6035/21, Ružomberok



    Ceremonial opening of the CUP conference and the awarding of the honorary scientific title Doctor honoris causa to Robert Nanovic

    The Hall of St. John Paul II.

    Hrabovská cesta 1/A, Ružomberok



    Presentation of conference participants

    Rectorate, Hall of Rectors

    Hrabovská cesta 1/A, Ružomberok



    Introductory speeches of the conference presidency

    and identification of conference goals

    Chaired by: Markéta Rusnáková, Clemens Sedmak, A. James McAdams




    Chaired by: Marek Babic


    15.30 – 16.10

    Jim Lies: „Fr. Ted Hesburgh, Notre Dame President from 1952-1987“

    University of Notre Dame


    16.10 - 16.30

    Coffee Break


    16.30 - 16.50

    Svitlana Hurkina: „Per Aspera ad Astra’ His Beatitude Josyf Cardinal Slipyi, a Revered Figure in the Ukrainian Catholic University and Beyond“

    Ukrainian Catholic University


    16.50 - 17.10

    Radoslav Lojan: „Personality of Ladislav Hanus“

    Catholic University in Ružomberok


    17.10 – 18.00

    Zeljko Tanjić: „Mr. Marko Franović, significant benefactor and supporter of the Catholic University of Croatia“

    Catholic University of Croatia


    Ante Crnčević: Cardinal Josip Bozanić, Archbishop emeritus of Zagreb, the founder of the Catholic University of Croatia“

    Catholic University of Croatia






    Holy Mass, University Chapel

    Hrabovská cesta 1, Ružomberok


    10.00 - 11.00  

    Round table

    (focus on people who have brought a specific, long-term vision to their universities. We will discuss the message contributors' subjects might have for Catholic universities today)


    11.00 - 11.30

     Coffee break




    Chaired by: Eugen Zeleňák


    11.30 - 11.50

    Andrzej Megger: „Idzi Radziszewski - Founder and First Rector of Catholic University of Lublin“

    The John Paul II. Catholic University of Lublin


    11.50 - 12.10  

    Andriy Mykhaleyko: „Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky (1865-1944) and his influence on the development of education in Ukraine“

    Ukrainian Catholic University


    12.10 - 12.30 

    Katie Conboy: „The 'Relaxed Grasp' and Other Enduring Lessons of Sister Madeleva Wolff, CSC.“

    Saint Mary's College






    Chaired by: Clemens Sedmak


    14.00 - 14.20

    A. James McAdams: „Waldemar Gurian: The Missions of the 'Catholic Publicist' and the Catholic Professor“

    University of Notre Dame


    14.20 - 14.40

    Marek Babic: „Prof. Jozef Ďurček, founder and enthusiast for higher catholic education in Slovakia“

    Catholic University in Ružomberok


    14.40 – 15.00

    Krisztian Vincze: „The Life, the Virtues and the Vision of Cardinal Péter Pázmány (1570-1637)“

    Pázmány Péter Catholic University


    15.00 – 15.20

    Sławomir Nowosad: „Karol Wojtyła - Professor, Cardinal, Pope“

     The John Paul II. Catholic University of Lublin




    15.45 – 16.00  

    Coffee break


    16.00 - 17.30 

    Evaluation and conclusions of the conference

    Setting visions for the further development of Catholic universities

    Closing speech and end of the conference