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Cleveland Diocese Says Updated ‘Teacher-Minister’ Contracts Ensure Faith Formation in Schools
4/17/2015

The Diocese of Cleveland is the latest to take the crucial step of securing the Catholic identity of its high schools by defining faculty as “Teacher-Ministers” and adding more detailed language in teacher contracts.

The Diocese’s spokesman told The Cardinal Newman Society that such steps are not intended to burden teachers, but instead serve to build up the schools’ mission by fully conveying the Catholic faith.

The revised language, “while not adding any new requirements or creating any new burdens on our teachers, spells out clearly the most prominent areas in which the Church’s teachings often conflict with views that have gained a significant level of acceptance in our current secular society,” spokesman Robert Tayek told the Newman Society.

The language was included in the contracts “to more accurately reflect the role of the educator in the faith formation of the students in our schools,” Tayek explained.



Wyoming College’s Decision to Forego Federal Aid Protects Catholic Identity
4/17/2015

Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo., recently became the latest among a small number of American colleges choosing not to participate in the federal student aid program in order to protect their mission from government intrusion.

Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., also does not participate in the federal aid program. Both colleges are recommended in The Newman Guide for their strong Catholic identity.

CNSNews.com interviewed Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly on this development, and he identified some of the threats from the federal government that persuaded Wyoming Catholic to reject the government aid. Although Reilly noted that many Catholic colleges accept federal student aid without compromising their Catholic identity, he agreed with Wyoming Catholic’s apprehension about the future.



Honoring Kenneth Whitehead, Tireless Advocate of Church and Catholic Education
4/16/2015
Kenneth Whitehead, longtime Catholic education advocate, Church affairs expert and former United States Assistant Secretary of Education, passed away on Thursday, April 16, according to his family.

“Ken Whitehead was intelligent, accomplished and influential in the government and in the Catholic Church, as both an academic and a keen observer of Church affairs and Catholic education,” said Patrick Reilly, president of The Cardinal Newman Society, for which Whitehead served as an advisor on Catholic higher education issues. “But what I will especially remember in my heart are his abundant faith in Christ and love for his family. We are all blessed by his life. May God grant him eternal peace and joy!”

Whitehead has an extensive history of defending Catholic education and promoting the Catholic faith. After serving in the President Ronald Reagan administration as an education official, Whitehead was the executive vice president of Catholics United for the Faith. He served on the boards of directors for several organizations, including the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and The Review of Metaphysics.


Catholic Colleges Enjoy Advantages in Single-Sex Housing, Private Bedrooms
4/7/2015
It is rare today to find even a Catholic college with male-only and female-only dormitories and policies enforcing the privacy of student bedrooms. But officials from such colleges say that they enjoy distinct advantages by encouraging chastity, sobriety, and genuine friendships among their students.

The Cardinal Newman Society recently spoke with officials responsible for student life at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va.; Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif.; and Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo., about how single-sex residence halls and visitation policies create a healthy, moral environment for a student’s formative years in college.

“While [the students’] education is the primary mission of the college, we’re also engaged in the ‘formation of the moral character and the fostering of the spiritual life,’” said Amanda Graf, director of residence life at Christendom, citing the College’s mission statement. “By having single-gender halls, students also have a unique opportunity to continue their moral formation distinctly as men and women.”


Prominent CEO Carolyn Woo Speaks Out for Faithful Catholic Education
4/1/2015
“When salt loses its flavor, what does it become?”

That’s the question that Dr. Carolyn Woo asks of Catholic colleges, echoing Christ’s warning to believers who allow their faith to become stale. Woo isn’t one of them. Recently, she has had all the zeal of an apostle for faithful Catholic education.

The accomplished educator and nonprofit leader took to the pages of America magazine a few weeks ago to urge the University of Notre Dame to retain its theology requirements for undergraduates, which may be threatened by proposals under consideration as part of the University’s 10-year curriculum review.

“To form leaders of faith, to be the places where the Church does her thinking, to fight against the caricature of God proposed by our secular culture, Catholic universities must offer more than ‘Theology Lite,’” Woo wrote. “In all the efforts to define learning goals for a Catholic university, how about ‘to know God’ as a starter?”


Chicago Student Leader Urges Fellow Students to Help Reform Wayward Catholic Colleges
4/1/2015
Catholic colleges that have lost touch with their Catholic identity must be buoyed to action and renewal through their student bodies according to Dominic Lynch, an undergraduate student at Loyola University Chicago who is an exemplar of student leadership in support of faithful Catholic education.

Lynch, a senior political science major at Loyola, sees a unique responsibility to affect change on his campus as a student. Students are “the boots on the ground” and “can have a huge impact on the reform process,” he told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview this week.

“My Catholic background motivates me to do what I can to influence campus events and reform the most obvious breaches of Loyola’s Catholic identity,” said Lynch. “I want to reform my institution because I love it and I see what it can be. I want it to be an authentically Catholic institution that is proud of its Catholic identity—not an institution hiding its Catholicism under a bushel.”


Small Number of Strong Catholic Colleges ‘Heartbreaking,’ Says Conservative Leader
3/31/2015
The fact that most Catholic colleges today still do not fully embrace their Catholic identity is “heartbreaking,” conservative leader L. Brent Bozell III observed in a recent interview with The Cardinal Newman Society. The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College recommends just 20 U.S. colleges and another seven online and international programs that have a strong Catholic mission and adhere to Ex corde Ecclesiae, the Vatican constitution on Catholic higher education.

“When you’ve got a nation of 60 million Catholics and less than two dozen true Catholic colleges and universities—I mean, the math doesn’t add up,” said Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center and a member of the Newman Society’s board of directors. “It just doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. So many are going in the wrong direction, but only a few are heading in the right direction.”


Cincinnati Superintendent Defends Notion of Catholic School Teacher as ‘Minister’
3/27/2015
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s references to the “ministry” of Catholic education may be controversial in San Francisco, but in other dioceses like the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, the same language is already embraced in Catholic schools. In an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society, Cincinnati’s superintendent of Catholic schools provided compelling reasons to understand teachers as “ministers.”


Catholic Schools Must Place Learning in Light of Christ, Says President of Austrian Catholic College
3/18/2015
Dr. Christiaan Alting von Geusau, the president of the International Theological Institute (ITI) in Trumau, Austria, recently wrote an article for Plough magazine, titled “What’s the Point of Christian Education: Preparing Children for the Freedom – and Cost –of Discipleship”. In it he discussed faithful education and explained how stories of persecution and martyrdom can teach children critical lessons.*****Stories of Christian martyrdom show children “the reality of what it means to be a Christian in today’s world” and communicate lessons of discipleship, faithfulness, and formation, argued Alting von Geusau, who also founded the Schola Thomas Morus high school in Austria.

“[W]e must foster in children the desire to pursue the truth with a listening heart, one that applies reason and is guided by a living faith,” Alting von Geusau, asserted in his piece. “Our families, our schools, and our churches should all be places where children receive this kind of formation – an education that sets all we learn and do in the light of Christ.”

Discipleship is primarily a friendship with Christ that serves as a foundation for the rest of one’s life, he explained. Through this relationship students can learn to see others as Christ sees them and to develop virtuous human friendships.


Apostolic Nuncio to Canada Visits Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, Encourages Cultural Witness
3/18/2015
While visiting, the archbishop toured the campus, met with students, held informal discussions, celebrated Mass for the community, attended a luncheon with faculty and staff, and joined the Academy community for dinner.


Franciscan University Announces 21 Dynamic Conferences for Students in 2015
3/18/2015
Thousands of young Catholics have experienced a renewal in their faith by attending one of the many conferences hosted by the Franciscan University of Steubenville.


JP Catholic U. Offers High School and College Acting Workshops, Inspired by Pope John Paul II
3/18/2015
The University's acting emphasis seeks to train actors to serve the New Evangelization through their individual talents and professional careers in the performing arts.


University of St. Thomas in Houston Offers Sports and Music Camps This Summer
3/18/2015
Athletes ages four and older are invited to participate in one of the Celts Sports Camps for basketball, volleyball, or soccer. UST will also offer a variety of quality music camps for students entering grades three through twelve.


Jesuit U. Hosts Event for Group Protesting Efforts to Strengthen San Francisco Catholic Schools
3/17/2015
The University of San Francisco hosted a forum on March 16 sponsored by a group actively petitioning against Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s efforts to fortify Catholic identity in Archdiocese of San Francisco Catholic schools.


Construction Underway on Business School, Univ. of Dallas Shares Catholic Focus of Program
3/17/2015
The program incorporates a whole-person approach to business in order to "reflect the longstanding Catholic intellectual tradition of preparing students for success beyond the classroom and encouraging them to make a difference in the world," the University said.


Catholic Univ. Summer Programs Give High School Students Jumpstart for College
3/17/2015
The summer experience is built to allow students to participate in CUA's engineering, drama, or architecture programs, get a taste for college life, and enjoy recreational activities in the nation's capital.


Franciscan University of Steubenville Sends 300 Students on Mission Trips
3/16/2015
Many students at Franciscan University of Steubenville recently set out to serve local, national and international communities on mission trips. The trips, which are primarily student organized, planned, and funded, aim to bring Christ to everyone they encounter.


Papal Portrait Artist to Discuss Modern Challenges in Art at Aquinas College in Nashville
3/16/2015
During the event Babailov will present Annigoni: Portrait of an Artist, a film documenting the life and work of Pietro Annigoni, a well-known Italian master of realism during the 20th century.


President of Jesuit Univ. Pro-Life Club Applauds Decision to End Abortion Coverage
3/13/2015
A student from the University of Scranton told The Cardinal Newman Society that he is “proud of the University” for its recent decision to end all abortion coverage in order to uphold its Catholic identity.


Northeast Catholic College Models New Scholarship, Service Program on Bl. Mother Teresa
3/13/2015
"The foundation and bedrock of this program is the dignity of every human person, present from conception to natural death, a dignity that comes from having been formed in the image of God," NCC President George Harne said in the College news release.


Documentary Filmmaker Praises JP Catholic U. for Training, Faith Formation
3/13/2015
"My Catholic faith sustained me as I interviewed ex-gang members, corrupt politicians, the homeless and poor farmers," Brian Olson, who founded his own art gallery and production company, stated when speaking about his new documentary project.


Catholic College Holds Line on No Abortion Coverage while Planned Parenthood Protests
3/12/2015
In response to the University of Scranton’s decision to fortify its Catholic identity by ending all abortion coverage in insurance plans, Planned Parenthood and Concerned Clergy for Choice staged a protest a few blocks from the University’s campus, according to The Times-Tribune.


Marian Expert to Headline Catholic University’s Blessed Virgin Mary Art Conference
3/12/2015
Co-sponsored by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), the event will allow students to discuss and explore the influence that the Blessed Virgin Mary has had throughout history.


Catholic School Launches Campaign to Pray One Million Hail Marys for Pope’s Safety
3/12/2015
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.


Christendom College Kicks Off Spring Lecture Series, Highlights Catholicism in J.R.R. Tolkien
3/12/2015
According to the College, Tolkien once described his trilogy as "a fundamentally religious and Catholic work." Pearce's lecture will discuss the Catholic symbolism contained in the book and highlight its religious significance.


Wyoming Catholic Invites High Schoolers for Prayer, Study and Adventure in Rockies
3/11/2015
During the two week P.E.A.K. 2015 camp students will have the opportunity to live on the College's campus in Lander, Wyo., and "pursue wisdom in the three distinct aspects of the WCC mission: in study, in nature, and in prayer," the summer program website stated.


Lenten Lecture Series at Catholic College Looks Ahead to Synod on Marriage and Family
3/11/2015
"It is vital that the Church address these ways of life as a means of reinvigorating the Body of Christ and likewise address current values within society," the news release stated.


Walsh Univ. To Dedicate New State-of-the-Art Laboratory in Honor of Pope St. John Paul II
3/11/2015
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.


Thomas Aquinas College Alumna Defends Archbishop Cordileone
3/10/2015
"Lawmakers may vehemently disagree with Cordileone's decision," but "[r]eligious leaders should be free to make such decisions without worrying about interference from the government," Katrina Trinko wrote in defense of the archbishop.


Univ. of Dallas Gives High Schoolers Chance to Study Abroad in Rome This Summer
3/10/2015
For more than 20 years, the University of Dallas has been hosting summer programs designed for high school students to allow them to experience college life both on its Texas campus and abroad at its campus in Rome.


Thomas Aquinas College Leads High Schoolers in ‘Pursuit of Wisdom’ at Summer Program
3/10/2015
The program, which runs from July 19 to August 1, "is a time for forging new friendships, for enjoying the give and take of rational argument, and for pursuing the truth, which civilizes, ennobles, and liberates," the program website stated.


Ghanaian Bishops Encourage Catholic Schools to Maintain Traditions, Practices
3/9/2015
Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu of Konongo-Mampong in Ghana, along with the other Ghanaian bishops, is defending the Catholic identity of Catholic schools in the face of threats to their religious freedom.


Respect Archdiocese’s Right to Protect Catholic Identity of Schools, Argue Policy Experts
3/9/2015
Catholic schools have a right to ensure that Catholic teaching is being properly maintained in their institutions and the government should not coerce them to do otherwise, argued a recent piece published by The Wall Street Journal.


Lent Brings Faithful Catholic College Together in Prayer and Sacrifice
3/9/2015
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.


John Paul the Great Catholic U. Receives Final Accreditation, Aims to ‘Impact Culture for Christ’
3/9/2015
JP Catholic continues to become a "world-class University offering degree programs at the intersection of the Creative Arts, Business, and Theology, deeply rooted in a Catholic liberal arts foundation," according to the news release.


Benedictine College Provides ‘Best Summer Ever’ with High School Faith Formation Programs
3/6/2015
Students can choose to participate in the week-long Cathedral program or attend a weekend youth conference to grow in their faith over the summer, according to the College.


Thomas More College Summer Programs Offer Unique Balance of ‘Prayer, Work, and Play’
3/6/2015
The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts (TMC) recently announced that it will offer two summer programs for high school students to study the liberal arts, develop their writing, and experience life at the College's scenic campus in Merrimack, N.H.


Belmont Abbey College ‘Centered on Christ’
3/6/2015
A recent article in Our State: Down Home in North Carolina highlighted the College’s Benedictine roots, Catholic identity, and relationship with the Benedictine monks.


Thomas Aquinas College Hosts Order of Malta for Lenten Retreat
3/5/2015
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.


High School Summer Program Combines Adventure and Study at Northeast Catholic College
3/5/2015
The program, which will run from July 26 to August 8, will reportedly allow students the opportunity to study, pray, and participate in recreational activities to acquire a taste for the way of life at the Catholic college.


Univ. of Dallas a ‘Welcoming Place for Religious Vocations,’ Says Alumna
3/4/2015
Rachel Daly, who graduated from the University of Dallas in 2014 and worked as a journalist for The Cardinal Newman Society over the summer, joined the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal (CFR) in New York City as a candidate last fall.


San Francisco Catholic School Teachers Sign Petition against Morality Clauses
3/4/2015
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has been working to protect and promote the Catholic identity of schools in the archdiocese, but some Catholic high school teachers are stirring up controversy.


Ave Maria Renews President Towey’s Contract, Applauds Him as Catholic Identity Leader
3/4/2015
President Towey, who joined the Ave Maria community in 2011, will continue to serve in his position for an additional five years with his new contract lasting until June 30, 2020.


St. Gregory’s Univ. Invites Former Catholic Charities President to Deliver Commencement
3/4/2015
Fr. Snyder's "extensive background in charitable work and leadership will serve as an inspiration to our graduates as they prepare to leave their own extraordinary marks throughout our community and the world," St. Gregory's President Dr. D. Gregory Main stated.


Thomas Aquinas College Receives Large Grant for Concert and Lecture Hall
3/2/2015
Named after the fourth-century martyr and patron saint of music, St. Cecilia Hall will reportedly enhance the College's music programs which are a key aspect to its campus life.


Eighth Annual Ave Maria ‘Ablaze’ Youth Conference Set to Be ‘Incredible Weekend of Faith’
2/27/2015
This year's conference will be held July 10-12 on the campus of Ave Maria and will also include opportunities for Adoration and Mass, the conference advertisement noted.


Christendom Career Talk: Church Needs Faithful Men and Women in Politics
2/26/2015
Dr. Manion explained the need for faithful Catholics involved in both national and local government. "We need good, honest people" to stand against political corruption and help in the New Evangelization, he reportedly said.


Annual Service Event Builds Leaders of Faith at Univ. of St. Thomas in Houston
2/26/2015
Students, staff, faculty, and family members from the University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston recently gathered for the 11th annual President's Day of Service, the University reported.


Archbishop Cordileone Expanding Teachers’ Handbook in Support of Catholic Mission
2/25/2015
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has invited theology teachers from four Catholic high schools to help in supplementing the faculty handbook in support of the Catholic mission of archdiocesan schools, according to a letter released to Catholic San Francisco.


Wyoming Catholic College Abstains from Federal Aid, Cites Preservation of Catholic Mission
2/25/2015
Wyoming Catholic College (WCC) in Lander, Wyo., announced today that it will not participate in federal student loan and grant programs. The decision was made following a unanimous vote by the College's board of directors.


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