Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa will visit the United States of America on May 8 and 9 to receive honorary doctorates in Christian ethics for their conviction in favor of a culture of life. The doctorates will be awarded by the Franciscan University of Steubenville located in Ohio. The Grand Ducal Couple will be honoured for living their faith in the public square and earning the respect of Catholics worldwide alongside the Archbishop of Baltimore and a former ESPN analyst and NCAA football coach.
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa will also be the commencement speaker during the University's graduation ceremony on May 9. The Franciscan University of Steubenville is a Catholic college run by the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular. The Grand Ducal Family has some personal ties to the university as members of the family have studied there.