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CUA President: Pray for Religious Freedom, “Only So Much Lawyers Can Do”
As a potential U.S. Supreme Court decision approaches on the Obama administration’s HHS contraception mandate impacting the religious freedom of Catholic colleges and The Cardinal Newman Society, the true future of religious freedom in the United States is in the hands of families and educators who take their faith seriously and pray, Catholic University of America President John Garvey told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview.

“The future of religious liberty is in our own hands, and it’s going to survive or not depending on whether we think religion itself is important,” Garvey said. “There’s only so much that lawyers and academics can do to change the picture about religious freedom that we have in America.”

While lawyers are still important, the key to a successful defense of religious freedom will be found in those families and educators who make their faith important, stand up for their religious beliefs, understand the importance of faithful education and pray, Garvey stated.

Spiritual Formation Needed at Catholic Colleges, Says World Meeting of Families Speaker
Catholic colleges need to reconnect with the spiritual and moral roots that once made their education so unique, said Father Dempsey Rosales Acosta in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society leading up to his presentation at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Fr. Dempsey, who is an assistant professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, will present on the topic “Lectio Divina: Praying with Scripture to Connect with the Living God.” His talk will focus on the essential need for prayer within family life—but prayer and a vibrant spiritual life are also needed in higher education, and the World Meeting will be a prime opportunity to remind both families and colleges of this great need, he said.

“To conceive of prayer as an element disconnected or outside of Catholic education at any level would be a grievous mistake. The living connection with God through prayer is what actually gives us the proper reason for everything that we learn and do,” said Fr. Dempsey.

Catholic Colleges Must Listen to Pope Benedict’s Strong Case for Sacred Music, Says Prof.
The availability of well-celebrated liturgy and sacred music should be the norm at all Catholic colleges, not the exception, said Dr. Kurt Poterack, choir director and adjunct professor of music at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va. Poterack spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society regarding Pope Emeritus Benedict’s recent comments on sacred music and what it means for Catholic colleges.

The Pope Emeritus recently received honorary doctorates from the John Paul II Pontifical University of Krakow and from the Academy of Music of Krakow in Poland. The former pontiff took the opportunity to thank the now-saint Pope John Paul II for the profound impact he had in his own spiritual life and also share his own reflections on the benefits of sacred music.

The emphasis on sacred music is certainly something that Catholic colleges should be paying attention to, as it helps students to encounter the living God in liturgy, Poterack stated.

Newman Society Panelists Agree, Liturgy Essential to Today’s College Catholics
Catholic colleges must provide opportunities for students to experience the beautiful and well-celebrated liturgy that they are drawn to, according to a panel of academics at this week’s Sacra Liturgia conference in New York City.

Tuesday’s panel on liturgical renewal in Catholic higher education was hosted by The Cardinal Newman Society and headlined by Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Order of Malta and ecclesiastical advisor to the Newman Society. He was joined by four guest panelists who echoed the Cardinal’s urging for Catholic colleges to expose students to the beauty of properly celebrated liturgy.

The conference brought together over 300 bishops, priests, religious, seminarians, educators, college professors and other lay leaders, and the overarching sentiment was the same: young people desire beauty and truth, and the Church—including Catholic colleges—must not fail provide them with that encounter this time around. The conference was notably populated with many young faces, youth who were brought up through the ranks of faithful Catholic education.

Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Cordileone Headline Newman Society Events at ‘Sacra Liturgia USA’

Today Sacra Liturgia USA 2015, a sequel to a successful Rome conference on the renewal of sacred liturgy, comes to New York City. The conference includes special sessions with Cardinal Raymond Burke of the Knights of Malta and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, who will discuss the importance of sacred liturgy to Catholic education and its influence on the renewal of liturgy throughout the Church.

The luncheons on Tuesday with Cardinal Burke and Wednesday with Archbishop Cordileone are sponsored by The Cardinal Newman Society, which is also a co-sponsor of the conference.

“There is an exciting and much-needed renewal of sacred liturgy in the Church today, and a growing number of faithful Catholic schools and colleges have a key role in it,” said Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society. “Not only can Catholic education teach students appreciation for reverence and the grace received from the Sacraments, but it can prepare graduates to lead the renewal of liturgy in their parishes and dioceses.”

Letters to Archbishop Cordileone Show Waves of Global Support
In just over a week, more than 7,300 notes of encouragement from Catholics in more than 27 countries have flooded in to The Cardinal Newman Society in support of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. The notes praise the San Francisco archbishop for his unyielding efforts to strengthen Catholic identity in his Catholic schools.

The Cardinal Newman Society is gathering all the notes and delivering them to Archbishop Cordileone so that he can know of the continued support for his efforts.

“Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has been working vigorously to strengthen the Catholic identity of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. His sensible and praiseworthy efforts — such as outlining the expected moral conduct for diocesan teachers — have been met with unfair criticism,” the Newman Society states on the support page.

A recent poll by the San Francisco Chronicle showed that 90 percent of people were in favor of the expectations laid out by Archbishop Cordileone. In their messages submitted to the Newman Society, many supporters affirmed that he is simply defending the beliefs of the Catholic Church, assuring that students are well-formed in the faith and reminding teachers of their unique role in handing on the faith to their students.

In addition to notes from lay and religious within the United States, the support has been surprisingly global. Notes have come in from Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, Argentina, Columbia, Brazil, Uruguay, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Germany, Italy, Spain, Kenya, the UAE, India, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Guam, the Philippines, China and Australia.

Catholic School Launches Campaign to Pray One Million Hail Marys for Pope’s Safety
The prayer campaign quickly spread throughout the school community and now to the St. Charles Catholic and Brother Martin diocesan high schools. More than 730,000 Hail Marys have been recorded so far, the Clarion Herald reported at the time of publication.

Walsh Univ. To Dedicate New State-of-the-Art Laboratory in Honor of Pope St. John Paul II
Festivities will begin with a Mass of Thanksgiving in the campus chapel followed by a blessing, dedication ceremony, and reception held in the new Saint John Paul II Center for Science Innovation.

Cardinal Edward Egan, Former Archbishop of New York, Passes Away at 82
The Archdiocese of New York recently announced that Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York, passed away on March 5 at the age of 82. Cardinal Egan played a significant role in and was a constant supporter of Catholic education.

Lent Brings Faithful Catholic College Together in Prayer and Sacrifice
Faithful Catholic college communities can build students up in the faith, argued a junior at The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, N.H., in a recent reflection on Lent that was published on the College’s website.

Thomas Aquinas College Hosts Order of Malta for Lenten Retreat
As part of the day's activities, the group joined TAC students to pray the Rosary and attend Mass together. According to the College, this is the third time that the Order has visited the College in the last three years.

Christendom College Building ‘True Community’ with First Friday Adoration
More than half of the undergraduate student body at Christendom College gathered last Friday evening for the first Laudumus Te event of the semester, a new effort that aims to bring together the College community every first Friday for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Ohio Dominican Univ. Wowed by Enthusiasm for Youth Conference
Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio, began a new campus program, Encounter Columbus, which exposes students to Adoration, Confession, praise and worship, and Catholic teaching, and is dedicated to inspiring high school and college students with the Catholic faith.

Benedictine College Dedicates New Stadium with Prayerful Medal Ceremony
Campus chaplain, Father Brendan Rolling, OSB, blessed the medals of three saints before placing them in the foundation of the new stadium in hopes that the fields will become not just a place for sport but also a "field of prayers."

New Club Seeks to Unite Students in Faith at Three Indiana Catholic Colleges
A new club created by students from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana is seeking to foster a Catholic “tri-campus friendship” by linking students at Saint Mary’s, the University of Notre Dame, and Holy Cross College through Catholic faith support and fellowship.

Group of Mothers Offering Prayerful Support to College Kids Continues to Grow
A group founded last year to help mothers give faith-filled support to their sons and daughters in college has been growing rapidly, a representative of the group “Mothers of College Students” told The Cardinal Newman Society.

Thousands of Students from Faithful Catholic Colleges to Attend 2015 March for Life
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.

Notre Dame Students Attend 2015 March for Life
Approximately 700 students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the University of Notre Dame are participating in the 42nd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., today, according to a University news release.

Catholic High Schools Bringing Students from Far and Near to Attend 2015 March for Life
On Thursday, January 22, thousands of teenagers from Catholic high schools across the country will gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to participate in the 42nd annual March for Life.

Former CUA President Bishop O’Connell Recovering from Amputation Surgery
Bishop David O’Connell of the Trenton Diocese, who has devoted a great deal of his priesthood to Catholic higher education, is recovering from a surgery which required the amputation of his foot, ankle and part of his lower leg, according to Catholic Sentinel.

Pope Sends Condolences on Passing of Former Congregation of Catholic Ed. Secretary
Archbishop Giuseppe Pittau, a Jesuit who served in several Catholic education capacities throughout the Church, died on December 26 in Tokyo at the age of 86. Pope Francis sent a personal telegram to the Jesuits praising the archbishop and offering his condolences.

Franciscan Univ. Households ‘Cornerstone of Student Life Experience’
The “household” system has become a unique foundation for student formation, student life, and evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, said Father Gregory Plow in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.

Esteemed Theologian Dr. William May Dies
The Culture of Life Foundation recently announced the passing of theologian Dr. William May. May was in critical condition following complications arising from an infection, and died on the morning of Saturday, December 13.

Acclaimed Sacra Liturgia Conference Coming to New York City Next June
Catholic educators will join Catholics from around the world next year as they converge on New York City to take part in a conference aimed at bringing about a renewal of the sacred liturgy in the life of the Church.

Interest in Traditional Liturgy Growing among Catholic Millennials
Young Catholics are continuing to embrace the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, according to a recent article for Crisis Magazine.

Prayers Needed for Dr. William May, Who Is in Critical Condition
Catholic theologian Dr. William May is in critical condition following complications arising from an infection, the Culture of Life Foundation has reported. Culture of Life described May, who is 87, as “very weak,” but assured that he was surrounded by his wife, Patricia, his family and friends.

Students Explore Canada’s Deep Catholic Roots on Quebec Pilgrimage
A recent pilgrimage to Quebec City with students from Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, Canada, was “prayerful” and “enculturating,” writes Professor John Paul Meenan on the Academy’s website.

Mount St. Mary’s Gives Student-Athletes Opportunity for Spiritual Coaching
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.

College of St. Mary Magdalen Follows Pope’s Example, Prays for Faithful Departed
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H., celebrated several Masses for the intercession of the saints and for the souls of the faithful departed on the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, reported the College.

Author Explains New Sacred Music Book, Importance for Catholic Education
The Cardinal Newman Society recently conducted an interview with Dr. Peter Kwasniewski, professor of theology and philosophy at Wyoming Catholic College, about his new book of sacred music compositions and its implications for Catholic education and the Church at large.

Marquette Offering ‘LGBTQ and allied community’ Masses Throughout Academic Year
Marquette University held its first “LGBTQ and allied community Mass” of the 2014-15 academic year on campus on October 22, according to the University event page. A group of alumni is questioning whether Catholic teaching on sexual morality will be shared at the Masses.

Aquinas College ‘Furthers Catholic Mission’ with Dedication of New Adoration Chapel
Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., opened its new Adoration Chapel with a dedication and blessing on October 22, the College announced. The Cardinal Newman Society interviewed Sister Mary Sarah, president of Aquinas, about the importance of the new chapel for the College.

Helen Hull Hitchcock ‘Awakened the Voices of Faithful Catholic Women’
Helen Hull Hitchcock, founding director of Women for Faith and Family, passed away due to complications from a burst aneurysm on Oct. 20, 2014, at the age of 75.

Thomas More College Students, Staff and Faculty Renew Consecration to Sacred Heart
“Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect our College!” was part of the prayer said at Mass by students, faculty and staff at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts in Merrimack, N.H. On October 15, the Feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, the College rededicated itself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Knights of Columbus to Receive Notre Dame Award for Pro-Life Efforts
The medal, inspired by Pope St. John Paul II’s papal encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, recognizes pro-life advocacy and “those who have worked to help build a culture of life and respect for the sanctity of life.”

Another College Joins the Trend: University of Mary Institutes Single-Sex Dorm Policy
The University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., recently completed the transformation of student housing on campus and, starting this semester, now only offers single-sex residence halls.

Newman Society Message on the Passing of Fr. Benedict Groeschel
On this Feast of Saint Francis—a most important feast for a priest who devoted himself wholeheartedly to the Franciscan spirituality, a radical commitment to living as Jesus did—please pray with us that Father celebrates with the great Saint himself.

Letters from 70,000 Students Delivered to Pope Francis
A group of five Argentinean fathers nicknamed “the Pope’s mailmen” recently delivered more than 70,000 letters from students to Pope Francis, according to the Catholic News Agency.

St. Gregory’s Univ. Students Attend Procession, Holy Hour in Response to ‘Black Mass’
The procession was "a prayerful opportunity for St. Gregory’s students to interact with the larger community in the Oklahoma City area and to show their support for Archbishop Coakley's leadership in the diocese," Stephen Zabarowski, the director of student life, explained.

UST-Houston Prof. Helps Pope Prepare for World Youth Day Reflection on Beatitudes
University of St. Thomas in Houston philosophy professor Dr.John Hittinger joined a group of 20 academics and scholars to help Pope Francis in his preparation for World Youth Day 2016, set to take place in Krakow, Poland.

Future of Catholic Education in Israel Is Uncertain, Says Expert
At present, the vast number of Catholic school leaders in Israel “are very discouraged and have little hope for a bright future,” said Father Jeffrey Burwell, the director of Catholic studies at the University of Manitoba in Canada, in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.

Benedictine College Grad Attending Sports Seminar at Vatican
Benedictine College alumna Allison McCormick is currently attending the Pontifical Council of Culture's international seminar "Sport is for Man" in Vatican City. The seminar is being held following the Interreligious Game for Peace called for by Pope Francis.

Lawsuit Seeks Free Speech for Pro-Life Students at University of South Alabama
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of students against the University of South Alabama (USA) for restricting the students’ rights to free speech and expression, according to Life News.

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict Demonstrate Importance of Education
Earlier this month, Pope Francis spoke about education with the bishops of Seoul during his visit to South Korea, while Pope Emeritus Benedict celebrated Mass with his former students.

Former Polish PM to Speak on Legacy of JPII at Franciscan’s Austria Campus
Franciscan University of Steubenville issued a news release on Aug. 25 stating that former Polish Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka will speak at an Austrian symposium, held at Franciscan’s study abroad site, on the legacy and contributions of Pope Saint John Paul II.

Napa Earthquake Leaves Two Catholic Schools Damaged
Kolbe Academy/Trinity Prep School and Kolbe Home School and Online Academy have sustained significant damage in the earthquake that struck just outside of Napa, Calif., early Sunday morning. The two institutions remain closed while cleanup efforts proceed.

Five Books for Defending the Faith in College
In a blog post entitled “5 Books Catholic Students in College Need to Possess,” Tom Perna shares five titles which he believes are essential to knowing your faith in college.

Our Sunday Visitor Reports on Being Pro-Life on College Campuses
OSV Newsweekly recently published a piece interviewing several people who are making strides for the pro-life movement in higher education. Their experiences highlight some of the challenges of being pro-life on a college campus.

Catholic School Forced to Grant Exemption from Liturgies, Retreats
After a series of exchanges between a Catholic-school parent and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District in Ontario, the Ontario Superior Court ruled in April that Notre Dame School in Brampton must exempt a student from taking part in compulsory liturgies and retreats.

Slain Marquette Alum James Foley Recounted Power of Prayer
Marquette University alumnus and U.S. journalist, James Foley, was shown being beheaded in a video released by ISIS and posted on YouTube on Tuesday, according to Fox ... Foley reflected with deep gratitude on the good of his Catholic university education.

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