The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity awarded its 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award to Bishop Paul V. Dudley, class of 1951 at the April 27 Mass and award ceremony held in St. Mary’s Chapel. Nominations for the award are submitted by fellow alumni. A committee composed of both lay and clerical members participates in the selection process.
Bishop Dudley was ordained an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1977. In 1978 he was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Sioux Falls and served in that diocese until 1995 when he returned to his family home in Northfield, Minnesota.
Following ordination in 1951, he was an associate pastor at Annunciation Parish in Minneapolis and at St. Patrick Parish in St. Paul. In 1967 he became the founding pastor of St. Edward Parish in Bloomington and later was assigned pastor of Our Lady of the Lake in Mound before being ordained an auxiliary bishop.
The Distinguished Alumni Committee selected Bishop Dudley for the award based on his many years of outstanding service to the Church as a parish priest, auxiliary bishop for this Archdiocese, and as Bishop of Sioux Falls. The committee was particularly gratified by his continuing role as a shepherd to the people of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and for his generous encouragement and guidance to various Catholic organizations. In addition, many vocations to priesthood and religious life have been inspired by his joyful spirit and love of Jesus Christ.