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"Pope Francis has called all Catholics to embrace the Holy Spirit in a new way and to let him nudge us out of our comfort zones," John Beaulieu, director of engagement and partnerships for Franciscan's Christian Outreach Office, said in the news release
The conference is set for April 10-11, and it will address the secular world view and how to steer it back to traditional understandings of faith and morality, especially in the areas of the family, young people, and education.
Dr. James Pauley and Dr. Petroc Willey, along with alumni Jim Beckman and William Keimig, will present at the Liturgical Catechesis and the New Evangelization Conference in Mundelein, Ill.
Franciscan University of Steubenville, in Ohio will hold the second symposium of its three-part Fidelity and Freedom series from March 5-6, the University recently announced.
While attendance at many Catholic parishes may be low, there are also many young adults flocking to the Church, argues Monique Ocampo in a recent Patheos article.
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.
Smith, the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, will address questions such as "What is wrong with artificial insemination?" and "How does in vitrofertilization conflict with the Catholic Church's teaching on human life and marriage?"
Prominent philosopher Roger Scruton discussed the ability of beauty to renew "individual persons and entire communities," including universities and society in general, at the Power of Beauty Conference.
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.
Several colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide were recently recognized as “Best Value Colleges” by Kiplinger, a business and personal finance publisher.
In the fall of 2013, John Paul the Great Catholic University formed the University’s first household. At present, according to a University news release, the program has expanded to include a total of seven households, which have led to unprecedented “growth” among the students.
Young Catholics are continuing to embrace the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, according to a recent article for Crisis Magazine.
Co-sponsored by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, this year's conference is titled "The Mystery of Christ in the Church: A Study of Ephesians."
Fifteen Franciscan students, one faculty member, and a priest traveled with more than 40 wounded soldiers, veterans and their families, providing medical and other assistance to them throughout the pilgrimage.
"Wearing the veil, in addition to being a beautiful tradition in the Church, provides women with the opportunity to show an example of true womanhood to the world," Taylor Flanagan, a senior at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C., told The Cardinal Newman Society.
Among Catholic colleges and dioceses across the country there has been an apparent rise in the celebration of the Mass ad orientem, where the priest and congregation face the same direction, traditionally to the east.
Dr. Scott Hahn recently spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society about his recommendations and advice for students considering an advanced degree in theology.
For Catholic universities, "fidelity to the revealed truth does not contradict, but rather perfects authentic academic freedom," said Dr. Reinhard Hutter in a talk at the Symposium on Academic Freedom and Revealed Truth at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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.
“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.
Students from colleges recommended in The Newman Guide recently appeared as guests on the Ave Maria Radio program “Mast Appeal.” The Society helped to coordinate interviews to give students the opportunity to share their experiences attending faithful Catholic colleges.
“Catholic high school students are enjoying a whole new college search process with ‘Recruit Me,’” reported Aleteia, highlighting the success of the The Cardinal Newman Society’s innovative new Recruit Me project with comments from parents and college admissions directors.
Academic freedom is “a means to an end: the pursuit of knowledge and truth,” wrote Daniel Kuebler, professor of biology and faculty associate of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Policy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, in his article at Public Discourse.
The Counseling and Human Development program at Walsh and the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Franciscan were both listed among the “Top 25 Most Affordable, Accredited, Graduate Degree Programs in Counseling and Psychology in the Mid-West for 2014.”
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.
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) recently released its sixth annual “What Will They Learn” list rating the core curricula of colleges and universities across the country. Several institutions recommended in The Newman Guide received high marks.
“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.
"These works of art have the power to communicate to today's society in a way that is fresh, engaging, and relevant," said Jennifer Healy, the exhibit’s curator. "The timeless Truth of the faith [is] effectively conveyed through images, for both believers and unbelievers alike."
Programs set up to prevent sexual assault on campus are important, but universities should also be addressing the wider problem of students feeling pressured to engage in heavy drinking and casual sex, suggested Catholic college leaders in a recent National Catholic Register article.
Dr. Stephen Krason, president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, warns in a recent article for Crisis Magazine that Catholic colleges, universities, and other institutions are being pressured to promote “the leftist-secularist narrative.”
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.
Colleges recommended in The Newman Guide ranked well in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges. 
Students affiliated with the Love and Fidelity Network are advancing the group’s mission on several Catholic university campuses across the country to promote the institution of marriage, the role of the family in society, and the meaning of sexual integrity.
The University cites the Sisters' continuing refusal to comply with the HHS mandate and their "strength of character, practical Christian charity, and love and service to the poor."
The 22nd annual national conference of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS), which has its headquarters at Franciscan University of Steubenville, will take place at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., Franciscan announced.
Several Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide have issued press releases and statements commenting on the Obama administration’s recent update to the HHS mandate accommodation.
The article "Living the Joy of the Gospel in Student Life" is adapted from a talk given by Fr. Sheridan to Catholic college officials at the Newman Society’s student life symposium, "Striving for Excellence as Student Life Leaders."
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree program at Franciscan University of Steubenville received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) this summer.
Washington Monthly recently released its rankings of four-year colleges and universities across the nation. This year’s 2014 college guide included many colleges and universities recommend in The Newman Guide.
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.
Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, Ill., which received special recognition for “Excellence in Catholic Identity” in the 2012 Catholic High School Honor Roll, is welcoming a new principal for the 2014-15 school year.
Thirty-eight prominent Catholic university professors and others have signed a plea calling for “the United States and the international community [to] act immediately and decisively to stop the ISIS/ISIL genocide".
Dr. Alexander Sich, a physics and pre-engineering professor at Franciscan, discussed his upcoming trip and noted the significance of teaching at a faithful Catholic college.
Four Catholic colleges recommended in The Newman Guide for their strong Catholic identity were recently recognized by Forbes Magazine as 2014 Top Colleges.
The summer conferences of Franciscan University of Steubenville continued this summer with two events held recently – one for teens and one for religious educators, the University reports.
The final two conferences will be held at the end of July, reports the University on its website, and no registration is required to attend evening sessions for free.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that theowners of Hobby Lobby stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties are not required tocomply with the HHS mandate because of the owners’ religious beliefs.
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.
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.
Fr. Henry was awarded the Pro Deo et Patria Medal at Christendom College’s commencement exercises for “outstanding service to God, the Church, and the country” and for living his “faith concretely in the public square.”
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.
“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.”
“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.”
University President Fr. Sean Sheridan was on a panel discussion at the conference and he addressed the HHS mandate, which the University is currently excused from complying with because of a grandfather clause.
Christendom College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell said that the College is rejoicing “at the elevation of these two outstanding popes to sanctity.”
FOCUS, a non-profit Catholic organization which employs more than 400 people, is a campus-based outreach program that brings Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church to students at colleges and universities.
Franciscan University of Steubenville announced an agreement placing an Austrian monastery, long-time home of the University’s study abroad program, under the sole management of the Foundation Maria Thron.
“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.”
Cardinal DiNardo will be the main celebrant at the University’s Baccalaureate Mass, while Bishop Monforton will assist with the University’s exercises for graduate students.
An organ studio recital will be hosted at a Catholic church in the town of Steubenville, a concert for Holy Week will be hosted at a Catholic church in West Virginia, and a Tenebrae service will be hosted on the University’s campus.
“In his talk, George will defend religious freedom as a robust right that belongs to communities of faith and their institutions as well as to individuals.”
Since 1975, Steubenville Conferences have served “to evangelize by inviting people to encounter Christ in a deeper, more intimate relationship with the Eucharist and sacrament of reconciliation.”
Fr. Terence Henry, chancellor and former president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, will preside over Christendom’s Baccalaureate Mass and receive the Pro Deo et Patria medal in May.
Fr. Yuriy Sakvuk discussed the troubles in Ukraine and how the country is undergoing a “revolution of dignity.”
“This is a response to Pope Francis' call to be ‘a network not of wires but of people,’ supporting one another in the many varied ways we can make the Church... real and present to others.”
Students in one of Dr. Eugene Gan’s communications classes at Franciscan University of Steubenville are embracing the use of YouTube to evangelize.
“Our number one focus should be our Catholic, Franciscan identity,” Fr. Malachi said.  “If we focus on our identity first, then everything else will fall into place… St. Francis should know its mission and not be afraid to live it.”
Students from three Newman Guide-recommended colleges—The Catholic University of America, John Paul the Great University and Francisca nUniversity of Steubenville—are featured for their initiatives to aid those in need.
Catholic colleges recommended in The Newman Guide are featured for their participation in and efforts surrounding the March for Life in a recent article by The Catholic News Agency.
"Understanding the Eastern Schism" will take place on Friday, January 31, and include talks by scholars James Likoudis and Dr. Robert Fastiggi.
This year, thousands of students from Catholic colleges and universities across the United States will join the throngs of pro-life people attending the 41st annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, January 22.
Franciscan University and the Archdiocese of St. Louis are organizing young adult conference "Encounter: Awakening a Generation" from May 30 to June 1, 2014.
The Harmonium Project was launched to "establish a thriving music scene in the heart of downtown Steubenville, to be a source of revitalization by way of beauty."
“Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recognized that the threat to religious freedom is larger than any single issue—and has its roots in secularism and cultural relativism,” said Dr. Anne Hendershott.
Franciscan University of Steubenville bestowed its 2013 Founders' Award on the Franciscan Sisters TOR of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother.
Students at Franciscan University of Steubenville recently offered their well wishes and spiritual gifts on a giant birthday card for Pope Francis, the university told Catholic Education Daily
Many parents are feeling powerless in resisting the implementation of Common Core in Catholic schools, according to a recent article in Crisis Magazine by Anne Hendershott.
Five of the scholars quoted about Lewis are professors at Catholic universities recommended in The Newman Guide for strong Catholic identity.
A pilgrimage led by Franciscan University president Fr. Sean Sheridan, TOR will make its way to Rome next April for the canonization of Blessed Popes John Paul II and John XXIII.
"It is an honor to be recognized by Kiplinger’s both for our academic excellence and for providing a quality education at a reasonable cost," said Franciscan's vice president of Enrollment Services.
“Catholic schools may lose control of the curriculum in their own schools” if they adopt the Common Core State Standards, according to Anne Hendershott.
Noted speakers included Steubenville Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, Fr. Sheridan, and CUA president John Garvey.  Franciscan theology professor Dr. Scott Hahn delivered a follow-up speech to students.
"...Participating in beautifully sung liturgy is both a foretaste of the eternal heavenly liturgy and the principal means of nurturing our faith in the heart of the Church."
Monsignor Florian Kolfhaus will speak on “Mary’s Role in the Redemption and the Contemporary Church” this Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.
Professor Anne Hendershott said, “It is difficult to see how inviting the federal government into our Catholic schools to help create a new curriculum can make things better.” 
Rev. Sean Sheridan, TOR, said that he believes they have “only seen a glimpse of what God has planned for Franciscan University and for each one of us.”
“...when parents truly understand and believe that there is life beyond this earthly pilgrimage, then they know the importance and benefit of Catholic education..."
Reilly stated, “Fr. Sheridan is the perfect choice to lead Franciscan University into the future, with commitment to both serious academics and strong Catholic identity. We look forward to working closely with him, as we have his predecessors.”
“Indeed, in studying itself we are engaged in the process of evangelization... so this community of learners can play an important role in the new evangelization.”
The President’s Cabinet, Sacred Music Department, and the Philosophy Department were among those who took the Oath at a Mass before Bishop Jeffrey Monforton.
Catholic colleges, especially faithful ones, face unique obstacles when it comes to offering online degrees, because they are responsible for not only academic growth but spiritual growth.
Eleven of the top 100 highest paid chief executives at private colleges and universities across the country are from Catholic colleges, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Franciscan Father Gregory Plow ran a grueling 53.4-mile race to raise funds for a scholarship for poor students who wish to attend the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
The Fest highlighted Catholic education with an “Education Village” to reflect the “Fest’s strong belief in the importance of Catholic education for all learners from pre-Kindergarten all the way through adulthood.”
“The religious life of the beautiful sisters that you see before you—what you see in their beauty and joy, is a sign of eternity in their life given to Christ as brides... This beauty is what transforms the world.”
Franciscan University of Steubenville recently hosted (June 7-9) its Catholic Charismatic Conference. Dr. Ralph Martin, director of Graduate Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary was among the speakers.
 After 13 years as president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Fr. Terence Henry, T.O.R., has been appointed chancellor of the university.
Franciscan University of Steubenville's outgoing President Fr. Terence Henry spoke about his 13-year tenure as president, highlighting his pro-life work.
Franciscan University of Steubenville will hold 18 sessions of its Steubenville Youth Conference this summer in 11 states and Canada, the University recently announced.
Franciscan University of Steubenville has announced that it is offering credit to students who participate in an intensive pro-life training program this summer, according to the University.
Father Terence Henry, TOR, spoke to hundreds of young adults last month at the International Meeting of Young Catholics for Social Justice held at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.
Salon writer Molly McCluskey attempts to draw a connection between a high school football rape case and the Franciscan University of Steubenville. The problem: there's absolutely no connection.
In another event observing the Year of Faith, Franciscan University of Steubenville brought Catholic apologist and author Steve Ray to campus for a talk recently.
Seven buses and countless cars are expected to leave the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville just after midnight on January 25 for the 40th annual March for Life.
The role that culture plays in the horrific shootings that headline newspapers and dishearten us all is being underplayed, writes Franciscan University of Steubenville professor Stephen M. Krason. He writes in Crisis Magazine that our country may perhaps be wrongly focusing solely on gun control to the exclusion of confronting what he calls the “deep-seated moral decay” of our culture.
Prompted by alumni who were dissatisfied with a course description in the school’s catalog, Franciscan University of Steubenville faculty voted to change the description of the Social Work 314, Deviant Behavior course.
Anne Hendershott, Distinguished Visiting Faculty Member at The King’s College in New York City and the author of Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education, wrote a piece for Crisis Magazine on why the Franciscan University of Steubenville has become the target of some in the gay community.
Many Catholic colleges and universities are taking part in the “Year of Faith” proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, with spiritual and academic activities aimed at strengthening faith on campus, according to a new report published by The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS).
The Cardinal Newman Society today released the 2012-2013 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College with significant new features, as well as a new companion magazine for Catholic high school students and their parents titled My Future, My Faith.
The Franciscan University of Steubenville recently announced  faculty approval of a new liberal arts curriculum that will be implemented in the 2013-14 academic year, according to a news release from the university.
The Washington Post recently ran a long piece about the city of Steubenville. What they didn’t discuss was actually more interesting to the writers at Get Religion. 
Deal Hudson reports that a mother received a phone call from the Obama campaign asking specifically for her college-aged children. The caller reportedly told the mother that she was Catholic, and she didn’t understand how a Catholic could vote for a Mormon.
More than 100 students gathered in the Piazza dei Santi at The Franciscan University of Steubenville Friday as part of a  nationwide initiative spearheaded by an assortment of pro-life groups, urging college students to remember the importance of life when casting their ballots this November.
Back in July, we reported that the City of Steubenville, Ohio, had bowed to pressure to remove from the city logo an image of the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s chapel, which features a large cross on its roof. Now local friends of the University are pushing back.
An accrediting agency has challenged false media reports that the Franciscan University of Steubenville faces difficulties with the accreditor because of its sociology course on “Deviant Behavior,” according to the National Catholic Register.
The criteria used in most college rankings, like the ones newly released by U.S. News & World Report, don’t include some of the most important factors for Catholic families choosing a college.  These include quality of the core curriculum, study in authentic Catholic theology and philosophy, interdisciplinary study, ethical formation, morality of campus life, and more.
The Franciscan University of Steubenville was unfairly slapped Monday with a biased National Public Radio (NPR) report citing complaints from two homosexual alumni who graduated more than a decade ago.
The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) has added 15 new college campuses to its outreach program for the 2012-13 school year, including Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.
After criticizing The Franciscan University of Steubenville for its stance on homosexuality, a gay alumni group with no official connection to the faithful Catholic university is being urged to cease publicly affiliating themselves with the college.
Franciscan University of Steubenville has announced that the Society of Catholic Social Scientists 20th annual national conference will be held this October in New York and feature nearly 200 presentations by Catholic scholars and social science practitioners.The Society of Catholic Social Scientists is located at Franciscan University.  Catholic scholars in the Society aim to “promote awareness of the social teachings of the Church” and compile “a body of distinctively Catholic social science scholarship,” according to the press release announcing the conference.
The federal government is seeking to have Franciscan University of Steubenville’s lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s HHS mandate thrown out of court.The government is seeking dismissal of the Catholic university’s lawsuit on the grounds that changes are already being made to meet the concerns of religious institutions. That argument has worked in the dismissal of previous lawsuits including the lawsuit by Belmont Abbey College even though those “changes” promised by the Administration have yet to be codified into the rule.
Freedom isn’t free.  And it turns out that religious freedom may become extremely expensive in the near future.
Franciscan University of Steubenville announced this week the launch of a new online hub of Catholic intellectual life intended to be “a resource for the new evangelization,” according to vice president Michael Hernon.
How can Pope Benedict XVI’s call for the New Evangelization be realized in Catholic schools? A conference at our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy slated for this summer will seek to answer that question.
FUS alumna founded Beijing hospice for dying and abandoned children
Highest non-academic award bestowed by FUS
Franciscan: Life issues "do not lend themselves to the prudential judgment of the voter."
More than 100 vocations directors will promote their way of life to students on campus.
Msgr. Stuart Swetland, vice president for mission at Mount St. Mary's University . . .
"Moral Conviction vs. Political Pressure" ... Dr. Patrick Lee, Franciscan's first endowed chair professor . . .
The Cardinal Newman Society congratulates Franciscan University of Steubenville on launching its first fully endowed chair, the John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Chair in Bioethics.
The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) lauds the Franciscan University of Steubenville students who provided a pro-life witness during former President Bill Clinton’s appearance in the Ohio city on Sunday.
Two of the older colleges included in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College: What to Look For and Where to Find It have announced that they have record enrollment numbers for the 2007-08 academic year.

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