Catholic University Bids Farewell to Alexander Di Lella

Francis Di Spigno, OFM Friar News

WASHINGTON — The Curley Hall community of ordained and religious professors at The Catholic University of America gathered to bid farewell to their colleague, Alexander Di Lella, OFM, on May 7. Alexander lived in Curley Hall for 28 years.

Fr. Raymond Studzinski, OSB, Curley Hall house manager, invited me, along with Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, and Jeffery Jordan, OFM, a first-year student at Holy Name College, to the farewell dinner. Fr. Regis Armstrong, OFM Cap., Fr. Francis Gignac and Msgr. Robert Trisco shared memories and conversation about Alexander.

Msgr. Trisco gave a fitting tribute and toast to his dear friend of 45 years. After reading from the Book of Ezra, he thanked Alexander for his life’s dedication to the study of scripture and wished him God’s blessing in the years to come.

Alexander, 80, retired from teaching at CUA in 2005, but has been serving as professor emeritus since then, keeping himself busy with doctoral dissertations and various academic affairs.

Following a three-month hiatus, recovering from back surgery at Holy Name College, Alexander will head south on May 26. After 54 years in an academic environment, he will move to St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg, Fla., to join his brother Mario Di Lella, OFM, and the rest of the friar community.

Along with the Catholic University community, we congratulate Alexander for his many years of dedicated service, as well as his great contribution and advancement of scriptural studies. His reputation precedes him and I am sure will continue to for many years to come.

— Fr. Francis is guardian and formation director at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md. He is at far right in the photo above with Alexander, left, and Jeffery, center. The rear photo shows Alexander in the 1960s.