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Aquinas College Conference to Examine Family in Church and Society
12/16/2014
Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., will host the ninth annual St. Thomas Aquinas Forum on the “role of family in the Church, in society, and in God’s plan from the beginning,” the College recently announced. The Forum will take place from February 13 – 14, 2015.


UST-Houston Faculty Collaborate to Write Book on JPII, Role of Women in the Church
11/24/2014
A new book written by faculty members at the University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston gives insights and helps readers understand “the role of women in the Church and in the world,” according to a recent University news release.


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.


Walsh President: Ex corde Inspired University to ‘Grow, Develop, and Fulfill Our Mission’
11/20/2014
“Catholic identity is not something to be given only token attention,” Richard Jusseaume, president of Walsh University, said in talk prepared for Franciscan University of Steubenville’s “Freedom and Fidelity” symposium in honor of the 25th anniversary of Ex corde Ecclesiae.


Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, Co-Founder of JP II Institute, Dies at Age 73
10/28/2014
After earning his degree in space science and applied physics followed by a master's degree in sacred theology from The Catholic University of America, Msgr. Albacete was ordained for the Archdiocese of Washington.


Sophia Institute Press Helping Catholics ‘Relearn the Importance of Catechesis’
10/24/2014
Charlie McKinney, president of Sophia Institute Press spoke to The Cardinal Newman Society about Sophia’s reprinting of the exhortation, Catechesi Tradendae, its importance in Catholic education, and the vital role of the witness of teachers.


George Weigel: Catholic Colleges Exist to Equip Disciples for Mission
10/23/2014
“Catholic institutions of higher learning exist to equip disciples for mission and to be witnesses to Christ,” George Weigel told students during a recent talk at Franciscan University of Steubenville.


Franciscan U. Hosting 'Academic Freedom and Revealed Truth' Event on Ex Corde
9/26/2014
The event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Ex corde Ecclesiae and serve as the first installment of the University's "Fidelity and Freedom" series.


Former Polish PM to Speak on Legacy of JPII at Franciscan’s Austria Campus
8/28/2014
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.


Bishops Plan Renewed Working Group on Ex corde Ecclesiae
8/26/2014
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Catholic Education is in the process of identifying and inviting Catholic college presidents and bishops to discuss topics of Catholic education in America in a new working group.


Five Books for Defending the Faith in College
8/25/2014
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.


Christendom President Reconfirmed as Pontifical Consultor by Pope Francis
8/21/2014
Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, president of Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., will continue his work as a pontifical consultor, the College reported. Pope Francis reconfirmed Dr. O’Donnell’s appointment as consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family. 


Boston College to Host Speaker Matt Taibbi Who Mocked Pope
8/14/2014
One of Taibbi’s most controversial pieces was the satirical piece entitled “The 52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of the Pope,” which included scandalously crude and derisive commentary on the declining health of Pope John Paul II.


Catholic Studies Program Founder at UST in Minnesota Retires after 21 Years at Helm
8/14/2014
Don Briel, founder of the Catholic Studies department at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minn., is retiring after 21 years in charge of the groundbreaking program.


Wheaton Provost Defends Religious Colleges against Attack Criticizing Legitimacy
7/8/2014
The provost of Wheaton College in Illinois defended the evangelical Christian institution against an attack by an Ivy League professor who alleged that religious colleges should lose their accreditation, apparently for simply being religious.


Rome Pilgrimage Deepens Faith of Catholic High School Graduates
6/13/2014
The 16 students who comprised the graduating class visited many sites in Rome, including the Sistine Chapel, but student Haylee McArthur reportedly said that seeing Pope Francis was the highlight of the trip.


Catholic College Leaders Gather to Discuss Student Life, Catholic Teaching
5/27/2014
Leaders from 10 faithful Catholic colleges gathered at the Franciscan University of Steubenville last week to share and consider ways of better integrating Catholic teaching into programs and services for students.


Fr. Scalia: Veritatis Splendor Became ‘Magna Carta’ for Teaching Moral Theology
5/23/2014
“If we want to know what human freedom looks like, we look to Jesus Christ,” Fr. Scalia said.  “When we live a morally upright life, our life itself becomes a witness to others of the Truth.”


University of St. Thomas (Tex.) Strengthens Core Curriculum
5/22/2014
The vision of Pope St. John Paul II in Ex corde Ecclesiae, “stresses that the most comprehensive understanding of reality is achieved when academic ‘silos’ are avoided and knowledge from the various academic disciplines is integrated.”


George Weigel at University of Dallas: Take Up Task of Cultural Renewal
5/21/2014
“If the generation of which this Class of 2014 is a part is going to meet the challenge of giving America, and the West, a new birth of freedom, it will do so because it becomes a generation of saints...”


Catholic High School Puts the ‘Saint’ in ‘Pope John Paul the Great’
5/16/2014
A Catholic high school led by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia was the first high school in the country to be named “Pope John Paul the Great” and now is possibly the first to be called “Saint John Paul the Great.”


Newman Society President: Graduation Scandals Insult to Pope St. John Paul II
5/16/2014
The National Catholic Register recently featured insights from Society President Patrick J. Reilly on the selection of commencement speakers and honorees by Catholic colleges and universities.


Catholic Colleges Leader Rejects Ex Corde Ecclesiae as ‘Checklist,’ Defends Pro-Abortion Speakers
5/14/2014
The president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities has claimed that Pope Saint John Paul II’s Ex corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution for Catholic colleges and universities, is not a “checklist” binding on college leaders.


Crossroads Celebrates 20 Years of Bringing John Paul II’s Pro-life Message ‘To the Streets’
5/12/2014
“Most people are under the impression that young people are not interested in their faith – when they see these amazing young people taking an active role in the Church and society for life, they are inspired.”


Franciscan Univ. Offers Grants for Dietrich von Hildebrand Seminar
5/12/2014
“Von Hildebrand, whom Pope St. John Paul II called ‘one of the great ethicists of the 20th century,’ wrote extensively on the nature of value and its importance in philosophy.”


Pope Francis Commissions Cardinals to Address Peruvian University’s Catholic Identity
5/1/2014
In July of 2012, a Vatican decree stripped the University of its titles “Catholic” and “Pontifical” because of years of refusal to bring its statues into line with Ex corde Ecclesiae.


Christendom College Student Describes Powerful Experience on Mission Trip
5/1/2014
Bridget Handy, a freshman at the College, said that “While we had helped them all week by laying floors and playing with them, they had evangelized me all the more.”


Notre Dame President Marks Papal Canonizations with Promotion of Nuclear Disarmament
4/30/2014
Notre Dame President Fr. John Jenkins, C.S.C., recently said that the canonization of the two pontiffs was “fortuitous timing” as he hoped they would hear the prayers of those pleading for nuclear disarmament and intercede on their behalf.


Benedictine College Names New Tower after Pope Saint John XXIII
4/30/2014
“A tower is an architectural feature that symbolizes vision... St. John XXIII was a pope of vision. He saw the problems of the modern world and had the courage to offer a response – the Second Vatican Council.”


Former Swiss Guard, CUA Professor Attended Papal Canonizations as Pilgrim
4/30/2014
“The coolest thing about this pilgrimage is that we know a saint,” Andreas Widmer said. “Pope John Paul II was a normal person to me. He was my boss. To go to the canonization of someone you know is really amazing.”


Pope St. John Paul II Inspired Youth to Love God, Authors Say
4/30/2014
Huge crowds of young people were attracted to Pope Saint John Paul II because “his joy of living, his smiling faith, [and] his burning passion to proclaim the Gospel to every man were almost ‘contagious.’”


Video: John Paul the Great Univ. Students Read Patron’s ‘Letter to Artists’
4/29/2014
The three minute video was posted in April to commemorate the Holy Father’s canonization, and to serve as a gift to Christian artists throughout the world.


Catholic College Presidents Speak in Praise of Canonized Popes
4/28/2014
Christendom College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell said that the College is rejoicing “at the elevation of these two outstanding popes to sanctity.”


Thomas Aquinas College Reflects on Relationship with Pope Saint John Paul II
4/28/2014
The newly canonized Pontiff blessed the building plan for the TAC chapel, which was presented by late College President Thomas Dillon and his wife, Terri.


Georgetown Law Prof. Led U.S. Delegation to Papal Canonizations
4/28/2014
John Podesta, who led the delegation for the Obama administration to the Vatican for the Mass of canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, is the former president of the pro-abortion Center for American Progress.


Jesuit University Ethics Prof. Writes ‘Civil Same-Sex Marriage: A Catholic Affirmation’
4/24/2014
Lisa Fullam, a professor of moral theology at Santa Clara University’s Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, writes, “...We can all share in those wider, socially critical benefits of marriage, gay and straight, parents and the childless alike.”


Christendom College Celebrates Upcoming Papal Canonizations with Lectures, Pilgrimage
4/23/2014
“In a special way we are honoring the memory of Pope John XXIII, since the college itself is a fruit of the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, which he called.”


Thomas Aquinas College Students Study Bl. Pope John Paul II on Retreat
4/23/2014
The idea for the theme of the retreat was the inspiration of one the College’s chaplains who is from Poland and was an altar boy during Bl. Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to Poland.


Benedictine College Hosts Beloved Icon Popularized by Bl. Pope John Paul II
4/14/2014
The third class relic was hosted as a part of the College’s events planned in the days leading up to the canonizations of Blessed Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.


Benedictine College to Rename Student Center after ‘St. John Paul II’
4/7/2014
College President Stephen Minnis cited several ways Bl. Pope John Paul II has influenced Benedictine College, including through his apostolic constitution on Catholic colleges, Ex corde Ecclesiae.


Franciscan University of Steubenville Plans World Youth Day Pilgrimage
4/7/2014
“World Youth Day offers a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow Catholics throughout the world... What a blessing to have World Youth Day in the native land of Pope John Paul II, the founder of World Youth Day.”


‘Embrace the Mission’: Bishop Ricken Seeks Authenticity in Catholic Education
4/2/2014
“Catholic colleges make the greatest contributions to other colleges and universities and to society when they are thoroughly Catholic,” Bishop Ricken said.


John Paul the Great Catholic Univ. Eagerly Awaits Patron’s Canonization
3/26/2014
Every Tuesday, the University posts a quote from Bl. John Paul II on its Facebook page.  Beginning in April, the University will post a quote from “the man, the legend, the saint” every day as a countdown to the canonization.


Cardinal Burke Tells Parents to be ‘Especially Vigilant,’ Laments Infidelity of Catholic Colleges
3/25/2014
“Adults, young people and children must be educated about the central moral questions of the day,” said Cardinal Raymond Burke.


Women’s Ordination Advocate Speaks on ‘Gender Equality’ at University of Detroit Mercy
3/24/2014
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."


University of Dallas Announces George Weigel as Commencement Speaker
3/10/2014
Weigel, a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is especially renowned for his biographies on Blessed Pope John Paul II.


Irish Archbishop: 3 Ways Catholic Schools Can Respond to Challenge of the Gospel
2/21/2014
Archbishop Eamon Martin asked,“to what extent do we, in our Catholic schools, facilitate young people in grasping the truths of faith, growing in love of God and neighbor, and in becoming witnesses for Christ?”


Essay Contest on John Paul II Draws Thousands of Entries, UST-Houston Reports
1/31/2014
For the tenth year in a row, the University of St. Thomas and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston held an essay contest for Catholic school students.


The Pope, the CEO and the Catholic Educator
1/10/2014
Dressed in a distinctly Renaissance appearance, Widmer protected the Pope as a Swiss Guard.  He watched intently as the Pope lived his life in front of him.  He eventually decided that “whatever he [Pope John Paul II] has, that’s what I want.”


Students ‘Ought to Believe in the Truth,’ Writes Catholic Teacher
12/17/2013
The two goals of knowing self and knowing reality are foundational in education, explains a Catholic teacher writing for Crisis Magazine.


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