JoAnne Boyle, president of Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa., has been invited to attend an address by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday, April 17, at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Dr. Boyle will join with presidents of Catholic universities across the nation in attending the address. She looks forward to the Holy Father’s message, and to bringing his call to action back to the Seton Hill community.

In 1987, Dr. Boyle attended a special gathering of presidents addressed by the late Pope John Paul II. At that event, Boyle says, “Pope John Paul II called on us to urge our students to lives of service to others.” Upon returning to Seton Hill, Dr. Boyle instituted the President’s Award for Service, a prestigious award that recognizes students whose life’s work is characterized by a generous concern for others.

Seton Hill University alumna Laurie Pelland Way, who graduated in 1961, will be part of the 250-voice Papal Choir that will perform during the Mass offered by the Holy Father on Thursday, April 17 at the new Nationals Park in Washington, DC. The Mass marks the first non-baseball event held in the park and Catholics from around the country are making plans to attend. Way is a resident of Rockville, Md. She auditioned for the Papal Choir earlier this year and was accepted as a member of the alto section.