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Cuthbert Allen Lecture 2014

“Religious Liberty Under Siege”

MaryAnnGlendon 862x1024 Cuthbert Allen Lecture 2014In this lecture, Dr. Glendon will argue that commitment to religious liberty is weakening both internationally and domestically. This “first of freedoms” is in serious danger of becoming a second-class right, too easily trumped by other rights, claims, and interests in the West and too often violently attacked in other parts of the world.

Mary Ann Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University and a former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.  She currently serves on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and writes and teaches in the fields of human rights, law, and political theory. Her widely translated works include The Forum and the Tower, Traditions in Turmoil, A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, A Nation Under Lawyers, and Rights Talk. She is a highly sought-after lecturer and adviser on vital matters of law and political philosophy the world over.

Register for this exciting event in our Mary Help of Christians Basilica on Belmont Abbey campus by clicking here.

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Support for Michael McGuire’s Family

Friends and family of the McGuire family have set up accounts to help Jeff and Donna McGuire cover medical and funeral expenses. You can help by donating in two ways:

1 – YouCaring.Michael McGuire 682x1024 Support for Michael McGuires Familycom – Simply go to the website and search “Michael McGuire”

2 – BankTennessee is accepting donations on their behalf. Checks should be made payable to “Michael McGuire Fund” and mailed to:



2915 Forest Hill Irene Road

Germantown, Tn 38193


Any funds collected in excess of the expenses will be used to create a scholarship in Michael’s name.

Thanks for considering helping out the family of one of our former students, gone too soon.

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The Connells, from Donoughmore to the Carolinas: A Colonial Experience

Belmont Abbey College is pleased to announce an upcoming lecture by Mr. John O’Connell of Donoughmore, Co. Cork, Ireland, titled “The Connells, from Donoughmore to the Carolinas: A Colonial Experience.”

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Mr. John O’Connell, Historian & Genealogist

Mr. O’Connell’s lecture will discuss the history of the Connell/O’Connell family from their home in the parish of Donoughmore, Co Cork, Ireland, to the Carolinas. Their story, like that of so many Irish emigrants, was shaped by Ireland’s experience as England’s oldest colony. As a result of long-term impoverishment and the immediate effects of famine, Ireland’s poor left the country in droves during the nineteenth century. Some of those who left Ireland, including several members of the O’Connell family, ended up in the Carolinas, where they made important contributions to the local community, particularly to the development here of the Catholic Church. Not the least among this group was Fr. Jeremiah O’Connell, who made a gift of lands in Belmont, NC, to the Benedictine monks of Saint Vincent Archabbey in Pennsylvania. From there, in 1876, came the first members of the community that is now Belmont Abbey.

  • Monday, September 15, 2014
  • Grace Auditorium at Belmont Abbey College
  • 7:30 p.m.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For further information, please contact Dr. Patrick Wadden (

Mr. O’Connell is a local historian and genealogist currently serving as chairperson of the Donoughmore Historical Society in County Cork, Ireland. He has a number of publications, is a contributor to the best-selling Atlas of the Great Irish Famine and is currently doing research for a forthcoming publication on the Irish War of Independence and Civil War (1916–1922). He has lived all his life in Donoughmore.

Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College focuses on the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit. Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., the College is currently home to more than 1600 students.  For more information, visit


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