head Pope John Paul II Cultural Center
Krupa / The Detroit News
-- August 16, 2006 The rector and president of Sacred Heart Major
Seminary has been named acting director of the financially troubled
Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, Cardinal Adam
Maida announced Thursday.
The Rev. Steven Boguslawski's order, the Order
of Preachers-Dominican, was transferring him from Detroit to a
new position in Washington, and he agreed to assume the temporary
position at the cultural and educational center.
"Now just seemed like the right time to make
a change," Maida said. "Father Boguslawski has done
an outstanding job at the seminary and we will all miss him. The
center will benefit greatly from his proven leadership abilities
-- his energy and expertise."
The center, dedicated to the late, beloved Pope,
is running a debt that earlier this year was said to total $36
million. The Archdiocese of Detroit extended $17 million in financing
to help establish the center, and helped secure an additional
loan of $23 million.
"The center has an array of longstanding friends,
as well as a promising future with a perennially relevant message,"
Boguslowski said. "Under the strong leadership of Cardinal
Maida, Archbishop Donald Wuerl (of Washington, D.C.), the executive
board, and the trustees, we shall see the Pope John Paul II Cultural
Center engage an array of strategic partnerships fulfilling its
mission with ever greater scope and intensity for the service
of the whole Church."
Cardinal Maida is expected to appoint a new
rector of the seminary before classes begin later this summer,
and a permanent director of the Pope John II Cultural Center at
a later date.