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Catholic University of America President Strengthens Catholic Identity

The National Catholic Register published a piece recently extolling the many ways which John Garvey increased the Catholic identity of The Catholic University of America since taking over as president.

From Garvey’s announcement that the university would return to single-sex dorms, his encouragement of students to embrace the cardinal virtues, to his belief that Catholic education should make students more aware of their faith, Garvey has shown a commitment to changing lives and changing minds.

Garvey vowed to introduce policies that strengthened the university’s Catholic identity during his 2010 inaugural address, which cited the thought of Blessed John Henry Newman and St. Augustine and set the tone for his tenure at CUA.

Ernest Suarez, chair of the English department, told the Register that Garvey’s steady emphasis on "the relationship between intellect and virtue speaks to CUA’s mission as a Catholic institution and as a university."

Chad Pecknold, a professor of theology at CUA, recalled that the campus was "galvanized" by Garvey’s message in 2010.

"Putting intellect and virtue together in the way that President Garvey has done highlights something distinctive about Catholic universities: We not only want to make students who are smart, but who are also wise and contribute to the common good."

You can read the entire piece at The National Catholic Register.

The Catholic University of America is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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