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Himes to bring von Arx as guest for Papal visit

September 14, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) today announced that Fairfield University President Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. will be his guest to Pope Francis’s address to Congress on September 24th.

“I’ve worked with the Reverend von Arx for many years. His important role as a leader in both the educational and religious communities in the 4th District, and the fact that he began his academic career teaching at Georgetown, made him a natural choice for this visit. I’m greatly looking forward to the event and am eager to continue working with the Reverend von Arx, Fairfield University, and the members of the Catholic community to further improve southern Connecticut.”

“I’m thrilled to be able to hear Pope Francis’ address to Congress, and grateful to Congressman Himes for inviting me,” said the Reverend von Arx.  “The fact that the Pope is a fellow Jesuit makes the occasion all the more special for me.  I’m sure the Pope will have a message for the American people through their elected representatives that will be both challenging and inspirational, and I know that Congressman Himes looks forward to hearing that message as much as I do.”