Extending Bishop Curlin’s Legacy
The Board of Trustees of Belmont Abbey College wishes to honor Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin, in recognition of his inspirational life and service to the Catholic Church and society. Bishop Curlin was the third Bishop of Charlotte and known as the champion of the poor, comforter of the sick and the dying, and friend of St. Teresa of Calcutta. Bishop Curlin preached the love of Jesus Christ during his 60 years of priestly ministry which first began in the Archdiocese of Washington.
Bishop Curlin had very significant ties with the Belmont Abbey Monastic and College community. He was buried in the Belmont Abbey cemetery in January 2018. To hear more about Bishop Curlin, scroll to the videos at the bottom of the page.
Establishing the Curlin Scholars Program
The College seeks to train young Catholic leaders in Bishop Curlin’s legacy of service by establishing the Bishop William G. Curlin Scholarship and Bishop Curlin Scholars Program. Imbued with the mind of Christ, the Bishop Curlin Scholars will follow his example of speaking the truth in love and the compassionate evangelization of our culture. This Program will be one of the most prestigious and generous scholarship programs at Belmont Abbey College designed to integrate themes of service into academic formation. Those selected to participate in the Program will be students of high moral character with an expressed desire to make a significant impact on our culture when they graduate.
While the Board of Trustees has committed to offer this scholarship in perpetuity to honor Bishop Curlin, this is a very philanthropy-driven effort being under taken by the College. Over the next four years, the College anticipates having the Bishop Curlin Scholars Program built out with a full complement of 100 students. To support the College’s plans to train young Catholic leaders in Bishop Curlin’s legacy of service, Belmont Abbey has recently launched a fundraising effort to seek philanthropic investment to secure the initial program investment of $2.5M as well as to encourage legacy giving to help endow the program over time.