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Dominican Friars Supported in Vocations, Spiritual Formation at Newman Guide Colleges
Friars from the Dominican Province of St. Joseph in Washington, D.C., recently shared their vocation stories with The Cardinal Newman Society and credited much of their spiritual growth and vocational assistance to institutions recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

In recent months, The Cardinal Newman Society has reported on several religious orders with members who graduated from Newman Guide colleges, including the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, the Sisters of Life and the Benedictine Monks of Norcia. Their testimonies indicate that the importance of faithful Catholic education cannot be overstated in producing vocations and moral formation among young people from all walks of life.

Late Cardinal Played Key Role in Catholic Ed. in Lead-up to Ex corde Ecclesiae
Cardinal William Baum, one of the principal players in Pope St. John Paul II’s constitution on Catholic higher education, Ex corde Ecclesiae, has passed away at the age of 88 after a long illness, according to Catholic News Service. He died on July 23 in Washington, D.C., at a residence run by the Little Sisters of the Poor.

“Cardinal Baum served as the head of the Congregation for Catholic Education during some of the most pivotal years,” said Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly. “Ex corde Ecclesiae provided Catholic colleges, for the first time, with clear guidelines for maintaining Catholic identity. Even though it continues to challenge the practices at many Catholic institutions, a cadre of faithful Catholic institutions is setting a new standard for Catholic higher education by putting Ex corde into practice.”

Cardinal Baum, who served as the archbishop of Washington, D.C., from 1973 to 1980, died just weeks short of Ex corde’s 25th anniversary. A cardinal for more than 39 years—the longest tenure of any cardinal in U.S. history—he also served as prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education from 1980 to 1990, the year Ex corde was promulgated, and then head of the Apostolic Penitentiary until he retired in 2001.

Priests Needed in Catholic Schools for Increased Faithfulness
The priest’s presence in Catholic schools is a crucial component of faithful Catholic education and must be reintegrated for the benefit of young people, especially considering the secular impact on today’s academic environment, argues the organizer of an upcoming seminar on “The Role of the Priest in Today’s Catholic School.”

“The essential role of the priest in Catholic schools used to be considered self-evident,” Father Peter Stravinskas, director of the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF), told The Cardinal Newman Society. “When I was young, every priest in the parish taught a religious course in the local Catholic schools.”

But things have changed, and as Catholic schools began pursuing more secular goals—such as academic excellence, athletic distinction, or conventional college preparation—the priest’s presence has become an afterthought, Fr. Stravinskas lamented.

Bishop Conley Attributes Ordinations to Faithful Catholic Education
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.

Notre Dame to Host Former Irish President as Visiting Scholar despite Dissent
As previously reported by The Cardinal Newman Society, while claiming to be Catholic McAleese has suggested that the Church is "in denial over homosexuality" and criticized the Church regarding its teaching on homosexuality and homosexual acts.

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.

Religious Orders Flock to Christendom College for Annual Discernment Weekend
Through presentations and breakout sessions, various representatives will share their experiences and help teach students about discerning one's vocation.

Chaplains Indispensable to Well Being of Faithful Catholic Colleges
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.

Benedictine College Mourns Loss of Monk Who Brought Marian Consecration to College
Benedictine College in Atchison, Kans., is mourning the passing of one of its Benedictine monks, Father Bruce Swift, OSB, according to The Gregorian Institute. The 82-year-old priest died unexpectedly Christmas morning at St. Benedict's Abbey.

Thomas Aquinas College’s 60th Alumnus-Priest Praises Faithful College Formation
Father Matthew Busch, an alumnus of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., was recently ordained as the College’s 60th alumnus-priest, according to the College. Fr. Busch shared how the College helped form and prepare him to live out his priestly vocation.

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.

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.

Notre Dame Alumnus Laments ‘Careerist Culture’ at University
Michael Bradley, managing editor of Ethika Politika and a recent University of Notre Dame graduate, recently wrote a piece for The Irish Rover, an independent student publication, criticizing the “careerist culture [that] infests Notre Dame."

Astrophysicist: Students Must Be Encouraged to Intellectually Engage with Faith
Adam Hincks, a Jesuit scholastic and astrophysicist, urged Catholic educators to “encourage students to keep engaging with faith intellectually, as well as on the affective and spiritual levels,” taking into account the Catholic faith’s venerable tradition of utilizing human reason.

Catholic Universities Must Be Wholly Consecrated to Truth, Says Msgr. Swetland
A university’s commitment to Catholic identity is dependent on its dedication to the truth, said Monsignor Stuart Swetland, the newly appointed president of Donnelly College in Kansas City, in a National Catholic Register interview.

Fr. Schall Argues for Necessity of Classical Education
A classical education is useful and relevant in today’s “battle of life,” argues Father James Schall, a recent address given at Kolbe Academy/Trinity Prep, in Napa, Calif., in which he spoke of the importance and necessity of a classical education.

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.

St. Joseph’s University President and Vice President to Step Down
President Father C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. and vice president John Smithson of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia will step down at the end of the 2014-15 academic year, according to NBC.

New Head Chaplain at TAC: Chaplains Help Students Thrive Humanly and Spiritually
This fall, students at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., will arrive to find a new head chaplain and a returning member of the chaplaincy on campus, reports the College.

‘Women Deacons’ Advocate Slated to Speak at Catholic Colleges This Semester
Phyllis Zagano, a senior research associate-in-residence at Hofstra University, is scheduled to speak at two Catholic universities this fall, University of St. Francis in Jolliet, Ill., and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, according to the National Catholic Reporter.

Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville Celebrates 39 Years of Summer Conferences
Franciscan University of Steubenville is celebrating 39 years of summer conferences by continuing the tradition and holding more than thirty conferences for both adults and youth this summer.

Not Only for Liturgists
The Cardinal Newman Society publishes this review of Sacred Liturgy: The Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church as part of its project to promote sacred liturgy in Catholic education.

Murdered Priest Had ‘Singular Love for Christ,’ Recalls Former Classmate
Father Kenneth Walker, FSSP, a graduate of Newman Guide-recommended Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, was tragically shot and killed during a robbery in the living quarters of his parish in Phoenix, Ariz., on June 11.

Priest Explains Why Young People Are Drawn to Eucharistic Adoration
Fr. Schneider laments that youth ministry programs often spend “thousands on pizza” or a “cool youth room,” but “so often deprive teens of” prayer events like Adoration. 

Christendom College Celebrates Ordination of 70th Alumnus to the Priesthood
“Christendom College’s holistic educational and spiritual formation has helped foster 149 religious vocations during its 37-year history: 70 priests, 49 sisters, 5 deacons, 3 brothers, and 22 men currently in seminary.”

Franciscan University Youth Conferences Help Foster Religious Vocations
A new study shows that 14 percent of those ordained to the priesthood this year had attended at least one Franciscan University of Steubenville summer youth conference before entering seminary.

Bishop Rhoades to Deliver Mount St. Mary’s University Commencement Address
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.

Religious Communities Visit Thomas Aquinas College
In the past, approximately 10% of the College’s graduates have entered the priesthood or religious life.

Thomas Aquinas College to Celebrate 60th Alumnus Ordination
Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., is asking for prayers for three alumni who will be ordained in the upcoming months.

Le Moyne May Soon Become First Jesuit College to Appoint Laywoman as President
“I think if anyone is going to break the ceiling in terms of the Catholic hierarchy, I suspect that a Jesuit institution will be stepping up to the plate very soon,” Linda LeMura reportedly told Today’s CNY Woman.

Women’s Ordination Advocate Speaks on ‘Gender Equality’ at University of Detroit Mercy
Lisa Sowle Cahill is quoted as saying, "I basically think the next generation will see the ordination of women. That change will not emanate from the top, but from the grass roots or local churches which the Vatican will then recognize."

Author Who Lambasted Catholic Church in NY Times Hosted at Catholic College
John Patrick Shanley, who just last year lambasted the Catholic Church, excoriated Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and wrote against the Church’s teaching on ordination, recently visited Merrimack College.

100-Year-Old Priest Befriended College Students through Sports
"I was noted for going to all the games," Fr. Kostka told the Standard. "I don't regret that at all - that's the only contact you have with some students."

VIDEO: Mount St. Mary’s Univ. Theologian on Being Disciple of Jesus
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.

Canadian Catholic University Sponsors Lecture Encouraging Dissent
A Catholic school board in Ontario, Canada, sponsored a lecture last week at a Catholic college on how Catholic schools can value “faithful dissent” on issues such as female ordination, homosexuality, and contraception.

Pope Francis Recalled Fondly His Childhood School, Praised ‘Catholic Culture’
“School life was a ‘whole’... The most natural thing was to go to Mass in the morning, as well as having breakfast, studying, going to lessons, playing during recreation, hearing the ‘Good night’ of the Father Director.”

Loyola Marymount Univ. to Host Dissident Theologian on ‘Feminist Bioethics’
The theology professor to be hosted signed a public letter calling for major structural and doctrinal changes in the Church including the ordination of women and recognition of same-sex partnerships.

Religious Orders Remain Committed to Catholic Education
Catholic schools have struggled with the decline of religious men and women in the classroom since Vatican II, but growing religious orders are “teaching the Truth in Christ” to Catholic school students across the country.

College Student Debt Delays Vocations, Families
The article cites a study done by Georgetown’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), which found that one-third of all inquirers for religious life had an average student debt load of $28,000.  

Jesuit Bioethicist Condones ‘Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy’
“If an abortion is the unjust and irresponsible interruption of a pregnancy,” Father Juan Masiá, S.J., reportedly wrote in El Pais, “not every voluntary interruption of a pregnancy constitutes an abortion in the negative moral sense.”

Santa Clara Univ. Presents Laicized Priest Who Helped 'Ordain' Woman
Former Maryknoll priest Roy Bourgeois was expelled from the Maryknoll order by a decree from the Vatican in 2012. 

Former Irish President McAleese Completes Term at Boston College, Criticizes Catholic Church
“I don’t like my Church’s attitude to gay people,” McAleese reportedly told the Herald newspaper in Glasgow (later reported in The Irish Times).  “I don’t like ‘love the sinner, hate the sin...’” 

Pope Francis Set to Declare Jesuit Priest a Saint
Vatican Insider is reporting that Pope Francis is set to declare 16th century Jesuit, the Rev Peter Faber, a companion of St. Ignatius Loyola, a saint.

University of Dallas Encourages Vocations to Priesthood
A Diocese of Dallas (Texas) event will feature talks about the journey to the priesthood by Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell and diocesan priests and seminarians.

Holy Apostles College and Seminary Mourns Loss of Former Rector
Rev. Richard A. Mietzefeld, a former rector of Holy Apostles College and Seminary, passed away near the beginning of this academic semester after serving as a priest for fifty-eight years.

Boston College’s Religious Education Department Chair Calls Priestly Celibacy ‘Hazardous’
Thomas Groome said that when he was ordained in the late 1960’s, he expected that the Church would be making significant changes to the rules governing celibacy in the priesthood, but this did not happen.  

St. Maximilian Kolbe Drama Inspires Fight for Religious Freedom
Immaculata University in Pennsylvania is hosting a one-man live performance of “Maximilian: Saint of the Auschwitz,” tomorrow as part of a response to stand up for religious freedom.

Ugandan Priest to Recount Wartime Experiences for Benedictine Students
Fr. Robert Obol will deliver a lecture titled "Conflict and Reconciliation in Uganda: Life and Lessons from a Warzone" at Benedictine on November 7.

Christendom Alumni Support Vocations to Priesthood, Religious Life
Christendom reports that it has helped foster 148 religious vocations among its alumni.  The count so far is 68 priests, 50 sisters, 1 deacon, 2 brothers, and 27 current seminarians.

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