Thomas More College to Host Iraqi Religious Leader

by Thomas More College on April 13, 2009

For Immediate Release
April 13, 2009
Contact: Charlie McKinney
Phone: (603) 880-8308, ext. 21
Mobile: (603) 913-5939

MERRIMACK – The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts will host Most Rev. Jean Benjamin Sleiman, O.C.D., Roman Catholic Archbishop of Baghdad, Iraq, at its campus on Sunday, May 3.

The Archbishop will offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on campus at noon, followed by a reception and brief talk, where he is expected to speak to students, faculty, and members of the general public on the state of the Catholic Church in war-torn Iraq, the ongoing Christian persecutions in the country, and Christian-Islamic relations in our time.

“Archbishop Sleiman is a role model for all Catholics today,” said Thomas More College President Jeffrey O. Nelson. “He is a tireless defender of Holy Mother Church despite the hostile environment around him that is laden with so much religious and political strife.”

“The entire Thomas More community is excited to hear the Archbishop’s thoughts on the current religious and political situation in the Middle East and how the Catholic Church can work to bring about a lasting solution.”

A buffet lunch, which is open to the public, will follow the Mass at 1:30 p.m. A donation of $15 per person is suggested. Members of the public who are interested in attending this event should RSVP by contacting James Lockwood at (603) 880-8308, ext. 24.

Archbishop Sleiman’s stop at Thomas More College is part of a seven-day visit to the United States. During his time here, the Archbishop will meet with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, members of the State Department, key Congressional leaders, and members of the media.

Jean Benjamin Sleiman was born on June 30, 1946 in Ghalboun, Lebanon. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 8, 1973 in the Order of Discalced Carmelites. Sleiman was ordained Archbishop of Baghdad on January 20, 2001.

The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is a four-year college that provides the rising generation with an education that forms them intellectually and spiritually within the Catholic intellectual tradition.  Additionally, the College has launched entrepreneurial new centers that seek to advance the teachings of the Catholic Church beyond the confines of its campus.  These centers include the Vatican Studies Center, the Center for New England Politics and Culture, and the Center for Faith and Culture in Oxford, England.


If you would like to schedule an interview with President Jeff Nelson or Archbishop Sleiman, please contact Charlie McKinney at (603) 880-8308, ext. 21 or by email at

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