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Mount St. Mary’s University President Resigns Amid Catholic Identity Concerns
3/1/2016
Mount St. Mary’s University President Simon Newman, who sparked national debate over the future and Catholic identity of the nation’s second-oldest Catholic university, announced last night that he will be stepping down as president of the University effective immediately. Dr. Karl Einolf, the dean of the Richard J. Bolte, Sr., School of Business, will serve as acting president at the University located in Emmitsburg, Md.

“Now is the perfect opportunity for the Mount’s trustees to unequivocally recommit the University to its Catholic identity and reassure families that it will select a president who can both heal and propel forward a most valuable institution,” said Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly in reaction to the news. “Success depends not on shaking the foundations but confidently building upon them, as the Mount has done so well over the last decade.”


Newman Society Statement on Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md.
2/12/2016
As recently as last year, The Cardinal Newman Society enthusiastically recommended Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. (“the Mount”), in our Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College for its strong Catholic identity. We have repeatedly, and very recently, reported on outstanding teaching and practices at the Mount. Nevertheless, we are carefully observing the developments described in recent media reports (including the selection linked at the bottom of this statement), and we find these to be disappointing and even disturbing. Certain facts seem clear, while other troubling claims are unsubstantiated but repeated by several individuals. We invite Catholics to pray for a good outcome.

The Cardinal Newman Society is currently engaged in our standard annual review of Newman Guide colleges for the next edition of the Guide. Our attention to the Mount is heightened due to the leadership transition (now including not only President Simon Newman, who is less than a year into his position, but also the provost and liberal arts dean) and the recent concerns. Adding to our dismay about information coming from media reports and our own private communications with individuals associated with the University, the Mount has declined thus far to provide the required annual information needed for recommendation in The Newman Guide.


Students at Faithful Catholic Colleges Prepare for Christmas with Advent Celebrations
12/10/2015
Throughout the month of December, faithful Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College planned events and opportunities for students to prepare for the birth of Christ in a variety of ways, including charity functions, music services and prayer gatherings. 

Such activities “remind our students that they are participants in the greater mission of the college and of the Catholic Church,” one Newman Guide college representative told The Cardinal Newman Society.

Ave Maria University (AMU) in Ave Maria, Fla., hosted its annual Celebration of Lights Festival on December 4 to prepare for the Christmas season. 


Newman Guide Colleges Named for Our Lady Attribute Strong Catholic Identity to Blessed Mother
12/6/2015
In anticipation of the Feasts of the Immaculate Conception on December 8 and Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12, The Cardinal Newman Society spoke with three Newman Guide-recommended Catholic universities named after the Blessed Mother to see how they are honoring her and the influence Our Lady has had on their universities.

Representatives of these universities agreed that not only has the Blessed Mother been a part of their history, but she has been a constant reminder and inspiration for strong Catholic identity.

“The Immaculate Conception is not only the patronal feast of the United States but also of our campus,” Mount St. Mary’s University Chaplain Father Brian Nolan told the Newman Society. “She inspires us and encourages us to imitate her trust, surrender and love for others.”


Focus on “Success” at Liberal Arts Colleges Shouldn't Exclude Virtue
11/10/2015
A true liberal arts education has the responsibility to teach students wisdom and virtue, yet far too many liberal arts colleges get swept up in focusing on “success,” imparting to students elitist notions of worldly standards, said the former liberal arts dean of Mount St. Mary’s University in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.

“Too often, colleges today shirk [their] authority” to impart wisdom, said Dr. Joshua Hochschild, who was the dean of the Mount’s College of Liberal Arts and is currently an associate professor of philosophy. “Instead of trying to shape and redirect the immature desires and interests of students, colleges submit to and try to satisfy those desires and interests.”

Hochschild explained that college education is “an odd business,” because although the college should aim to please its “customers,” or students, they must also bear in mind that “the customers, by definition, are asking a very fundamental question: what is worth being interested in?”


Catholic Nursing Programs on Frontline of Pro-Life Battle
10/27/2015
With many nurses now facing the ethical dilemmas of participating in abortions and assisted suicides or losing their jobs, the nursing profession needs the concerted efforts of Catholic colleges to reinforce the dignity of every human life, Dr. Suzanne Carpenter, a former nursing professor at Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge, La., told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview.

“It is scary to come to the realization that there are nurses in our country who have been told to participate in abortions or lose their jobs,” said Carpenter. “Make no doubt, that unless Catholic colleges with nursing programs on their campuses make the sharing of Catholic teachings a priority, these programs can fall into the confusion of the world.”

Due to the increasing confusion in health care today, it is no wonder nursing students find themselves in these ethical dilemmas, Carpenter pointed out.


Nurturing Faith-Filled Marriages at Mount St. Mary’s University
10/14/2015
Marriage is in crisis and on many college campuses young people often lack the foundation they need to appreciate the sacred beauty and responsibility of the vocation of marriage. But Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md.—like many of the other colleges recommended in The Newman Guide for strong Catholic identity—actively supports the Church’s vision of marriage through campus ministry initiatives.

Many young people today only “hear of love from a secular perspective,” which fails to “take into consideration the sacrifice and struggle of day-to-day love,” Brendan Johnson, a campus ministry associate at the Mount, told The Cardinal Newman Society. “Most young people simply aren’t aware of the graces offered in the sacrament of matrimony, or even that they can become great saints within this vocation.”


Students from Faithful Catholic Colleges Attend, Serve at Papal Events
9/23/2015
Several colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College have sent students and staff to Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia to attend events surrounding the visit of Pope Francis to the United States.

Today Pope Francis-watchers gather at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C., which has eagerly anticipated the Holy Father’s visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, adjacent to the University. More than 500 students participated in community service activities as part of the University’s “Serve with Francis Day” on September 13. Many academic lectures and discussions have also revolved around Pope Francis’ call to service.

CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning elected two students todesign the altar for today’s papal Mass in the Basilica. And “[t]he liturgical committee is in high gear at the Basilica, preparing the altar, hanging the crucifix, and preparing tens of thousands of communion wafers,” the University reported yesterday.


Bishop Conley Attributes Ordinations to Faithful Catholic Education
6/10/2015
Faithful Catholic families and education are responsible for the growing number of vocations in the United States, according to Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb., who recently ordained eight men to the priesthood for his Diocese.

“Today’s ordination is a testament to the Providence of God,” said Bishop Conley in his homily. “It is a testament to families who formed these young men in the faith. It is a testament to our Catholic schools. This is indeed a joyous occasion.”

Bishop Conley is not alone in his admiration for Catholic schools, joining a growing list of bishops who have applauded faithful Catholic education in recent weeks. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Archbishop John Nienstedt of Saint Paul-Minneapolis, Minn.; Bishop David O’Connell of Trenton, N.J.; Bishop Richard Lennon of Cleveland, Ohio; andBishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Fla., have all shown their support for Catholic education—an issue of increasing importance, given recent attacks against Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s defense of Catholic school identity in San Francisco.


Bishop Dewane: Families Have ‘Right to Know’ Which Theology Professors Have Mandatum
5/28/2015
If a Catholic college cannot assure that its theology professors are imparting the truths of the faith, then families should look to more faithful Catholic institutions, suggested Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Fla., in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.

Sound theology is the heart of Catholic higher education; it helps students direct their learning, explore the beauty of the faith and better understand their relationship with God and the Church. Therefore the Church provides the academic mandatum, an acknowledgment by the local bishop of a “professor’s commitment and responsibility to teach authentic Catholic doctrine and to refrain from putting forth as Catholic teaching anything contrary to the Church’s magisterium,” according to the U.S. bishops’ guidelines.

Referencing Ex corde Ecclesiae, the Vatican’s constitution on Catholic universities, Bishop Dewane noted that professors who have obtained the mandatum help Catholic colleges fulfill their mission. “It says that Catholicism is present and operative at such institutions. More profoundly, the individual professor evidences that desire to teach in communion, to express what the teachings of the Church are,” he said.


Mount St. Mary’s Offers Young Student-Athletes Chance to Experience College Athletics
3/17/2015
The camps allow students to develop their skills, meet other athletes, and experience life on a college campus. Soccer and basketball programs are being offered for both boys and girls, as well as baseball and lacrosse camps for boys.


Chaplains Indispensable to Well Being of Faithful Catholic Colleges
2/19/2015
A recent edition of Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly highlighted the role of Catholic college chaplains and mentioned several from some of the faithful Catholic colleges recommended in The Newman Guide for their faithful Catholic identity.


Faithful College Leaders Agree, Homeschooling Leads to Success at Catholic Colleges
2/17/2015
The experience of these administrators with homeschooled students correlates with a 2013 study which found significant evidence of higher ACT and SAT scores and overall GPAs for homeschooled students who attend a Catholic university.


Mount St. Mary’s Welcoming More than 1,600 Students for Eucharistic Adoration Retreat
2/4/2015
Students will gather to listen to speakers, hear music performances, and participate in Mass, Confession, and Eucharistic Adoration.


Thousands of Students from Faithful Catholic Colleges to Attend 2015 March for Life
1/22/2015
Students and community members from the faithful Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide—about 3,000 of them, according to estimates—are traveling to Washington, D.C., this week to participate in the 42nd annual March for Life.


Catholic Support for Space Exploration Rooted in Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Profs Say
1/8/2015
In interviews with The Cardinal Newman Society, professors from faithful Catholic colleges illustrated the connection between the Catholic intellectual tradition and recent findings that Catholics are most likely to support space exploration.


Timeless Church Architecture Attracting Catholic Millennials, Argue Chaplains
12/29/2014
Students are drawn to the "timeless tradition" of the Catholic Church, particularly in the architecture and art surrounding sacred spaces, according to a new study and several Catholic college chaplains recently interviewed by The Cardinal Newman Society.


Catholic Universities Receive ‘Highest Recognition’ in Recent Community Service Honor Roll
12/29/2014
The Catholic University of America, Mount St. Mary's University, and Walsh University received the "highest federal recognition" for their "commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement."


Students Joyfully Await Birth of Christ at Faithful Catholic Colleges
12/10/2014
Throughout the month of December, institutions recommended in The Newman Guide are offering students opportunities to celebrate Advent and prepare for Christmas before returning home at the end of the semester.


Mount St. Mary’s University Announces 25th President
12/9/2014
Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., announced the appointment of its 25th president, Simon Newman, the chief executive officer of Cornerstone Management Group. He will succeed current president Dr. Thomas Powell, who is stepping down after 11 years as president.


Mount St. Mary’s Outdoor Program Helping to Build ‘Leaders in the Church and the World’
12/2/2014
Celebrating its ten-year anniversary, the Outdoor Adventure program at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., is demonstrating how even extracurricular activities at a Catholic university can contribute significantly to students’ formation as Catholic leaders.


Mount St. Mary’s Gives Student-Athletes Opportunity for Spiritual Coaching
11/26/2014
Students at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., are taking advantage of the “spiritual coaching” provided by the University’s sports chaplaincy program. The program was recently highlighted in an article for the Frederick News-Post.


Franciscan University Symposium: True Catholic Identity Requires ‘Commitment to Faith’
11/21/2014
Franciscan University of Steubenville hosted Fr. Ryan, a past Mount St. Mary’s University professor who currently leads the USCCB’s Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs, as one of the four speakers at its “Freedom and Fidelity” symposium last weekend.


Students Have Rave Reviews for Newman Guide-Recommended Catholic Colleges
11/11/2014
Students from colleges recommended in The Newman Guide recently appeared as guests on the Ave Maria Radio program “Mast Appeal.” The Society helped to coordinate interviews to give students the opportunity to share their experiences attending faithful Catholic colleges.


Mount St. Mary’s University Students Engage in Service Trip
11/4/2014
A group of students from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., recently traveled to Philadelphia for a week-long service trip, the University announced.


Newman Guide-Recommended Colleges Rank High in New ACTA Curriculum Ratings
10/29/2014
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) recently released its sixth annual “What Will They Learn” list rating the core curricula of colleges and universities across the country. Several institutions recommended in The Newman Guide received high marks.


Colleges in Newman Guide Rank Well with U.S. News and World Report
9/23/2014
Colleges recommended in The Newman Guide ranked well in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges. 


Mount St. Mary’s Univ. to Host Conference on Marriage and Family
9/9/2014
The 22nd annual national conference of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS), which has its headquarters at Franciscan University of Steubenville, will take place at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., Franciscan announced.


Mount St. Mary’s U., Catholic University Form New Law Program Partnership
9/5/2014
Two ­Newman Guide-recommended universities—Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.—recently formed a partnership that will allow students to earn both a bachelor’s and a law degree in six years.


Washington Monthly Features Colleges Recommended in Newman Guide
8/29/2014
Washington Monthly recently released its rankings of four-year colleges and universities across the nation. This year’s 2014 college guide included many colleges and universities recommend in The Newman Guide.


Mount St. Mary’s Students Recount Impact of ‘Pilgrimage of Faith’ in Rome
7/24/2014
Led by Fr. Brian Nolan, the University chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, the group traveled through Rome and Assisi visiting important historical sites and "icons of the Catholic faith."


Book by Mount St. Mary’s Professors Wins Awards from Catholic Publishing Associations
7/18/2014
Where Justice and Mercy Meet was written and edited by Dr. Trudy Conway, professor of philosophy, and Dr. David McCarthy, professor of theology, in collaboration with Catholic Mobilizing Network’s Vicki Schieber.


Faithful Catholic Colleges Honored as ‘Colleges of Distinction’
7/10/2014
The recognized colleges have four areas of distinction: "engaged students," "great teaching," "a vibrant campus community," and "successful outcomes."


Mount St. Mary's U. Offers Array of Summer Programs for Freshmen
6/20/2014
One program focuses on helping students "transition from home to campus life" with an emphasis on academics and "living your faith."  Another gives students experience serving the poor.


Christendom Grad, Mount St. Mary’s Seminarian to Be Ordained Deacon
5/29/2014
Noah Morey grew up homeschooling in Seattle with his seven siblings—one of whom is a Benedictine priest and another of whom is a Discalced Carmelite nun.


FOCUS Granted Preliminary Injunction from HHS Mandate
4/25/2014
FOCUS, a non-profit Catholic organization which employs more than 400 people, is a campus-based outreach program that brings Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church to students at colleges and universities.


Bishop Rhoades to Deliver Mount St. Mary’s University Commencement Address
4/23/2014
Bishop Rhoades, who served as a professor and then rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary from 1995-2004, will address the University’s graduating class of 2014 on May 11.


Student-Athlete Retreat Inspires Faith at Mount St. Mary’s University
4/9/2014
More than 60 female student-athletes attended a retreat that aims to “help the athletes understand that God desires a relationship with them personally.”


Hospital Patient Accepts Mount St. Mary’s University Rugby Championship Trophy
4/3/2014
During the team’s trip to Jacksonville, Fl., for the regional National Small College Rugby Organization championship game, the team visited Wolfson Children’s Hospital to distribute t-shirts and rugby balls.


Mount St. Mary’s University Develops High School Student-Athletes this Summer
3/27/2014
Athletic camps for men’s and women’s soccer and basketball, and men’s lacrosse and baseball are planned.  Many of the camps are run by the Mount’s Division I coaching staff.


Mount St. Mary’s University Reappoints Dr. Powell as President
3/24/2014
“It is a distinct privilege to serve as President of Mount St. Mary’s University. I am humbled and grateful the Board of Trustees asked me to remain at the helm while the search for my successor continues.”


Mount St. Mary’s Univ. Students Participate in Spiritual Workout
2/28/2014
Forty-five members of the University community are reading the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John during the months of February, March and April.


VIDEO: Mount St. Mary’s Univ. Theologian on Being Disciple of Jesus
2/24/2014
Fr. Jim Donohue examines the Gospel of Mark’s insights into the path of discipleship in one of a series of videos entitled “Mount Minutes,” which showcase the University’s faculty on a variety of subjects.


Catholic Colleges to Have Major Presence at March for Life
1/21/2014
This year, thousands of students from Catholic colleges and universities across the United States will join the throngs of pro-life people attending the 41st annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, January 22.


Mount St. Mary's Nears Completion of Repairs to Lightning-Damaged Chapel
12/19/2013
Catholic Education Daily reported last July that the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on campus caught fire after being struck by lightning.  


Vatican Conference Promotes Connection between Faith and Athletics
11/4/2013
Athletes ran along a 100 meter track set-up along the street in Rome leading to St. Peter’s Square while other athletes spoke to the crowd about the importance of sports in their lives.


Back from the Dead Cemetery Walk Teaches “Last Things” at Mount St. Mary’s University
10/28/2013
Attendees of the walk encounter martyrs, saints and others who have “come back from the dead” to share their stories. 


Division I Athletics and Faithful Catholic Identity at Mount St. Mary’s University
10/23/2013
"The role of athletics at a Catholic College or University is to help form saints, not win championships. That being said, the two are not mutually exclusive."


Mount St. Mary’s Students Organize, Staff Special Olympics Festival
10/18/2013
Mount St. Mary’s University will be hosting the 25th Annual Special Olympics’ Fall Sports Festival this weekend, according to the University.


Convinced and Converted: Msgr. Swetland’s Journey to Catholicism
9/23/2013
“Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence.” (1 Peter 3:15)


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