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A true liberal arts education has the responsibility to teach students wisdom and virtue, yet far too many liberal arts colleges get swept up in focusing on “success,” imparting to students elitist notions of worldly standards, said the former liberal arts dean of Mount St. Mary’s University in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.

“Too often, colleges today shirk [their] authority” to impart wisdom, said Dr. Joshua Hochschild, who was the dean of the Mount’s College of Liberal Arts and is currently an associate professor of philosophy. “Instead of trying to shape and redirect the immature desires and interests of students, colleges submit to and try to satisfy those desires and interests.”

Hochschild explained that college education is “an odd business,” because although the college should aim to please its “customers,” or students, they must also bear in mind that “the customers, by definition, are asking a very fundamental question: what is worth being interested in?”
With many nurses now facing the ethical dilemmas of participating in abortions and assisted suicides or losing their jobs, the nursing profession needs the concerted efforts of Catholic colleges to reinforce the dignity of every human life, Dr. Suzanne Carpenter, a former nursing professor at Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge, La., told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview.

“It is scary to come to the realization that there are nurses in our country who have been told to participate in abortions or lose their jobs,” said Carpenter. “Make no doubt, that unless Catholic colleges with nursing programs on their campuses make the sharing of Catholic teachings a priority, these programs can fall into the confusion of the world.”

Due to the increasing confusion in health care today, it is no wonder nursing students find themselves in these ethical dilemmas, Carpenter pointed out.
Marriage is in crisis and on many college campuses young people often lack the foundation they need to appreciate the sacred beauty and responsibility of the vocation of marriage. But Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md.—like many of the other colleges recommended in The Newman Guide for strong Catholic identity—actively supports the Church’s vision of marriage through campus ministry initiatives.

Many young people today only “hear of love from a secular perspective,” which fails to “take into consideration the sacrifice and struggle of day-to-day love,” Brendan Johnson, a campus ministry associate at the Mount, told The Cardinal Newman Society. “Most young people simply aren’t aware of the graces offered in the sacrament of matrimony, or even that they can become great saints within this vocation.”
Several colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College have sent students and staff to Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia to attend events surrounding the visit of Pope Francis to the United States.

Today Pope Francis-watchers gather at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C., which has eagerly anticipated the Holy Father’s visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, adjacent to the University. More than 500 students participated in community service activities as part of the University’s “Serve with Francis Day” on September 13. Many academic lectures and discussions have also revolved around Pope Francis’ call to service.

CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning elected two students todesign the altar for today’s papal Mass in the Basilica. And “[t]he liturgical committee is in high gear at the Basilica, preparing the altar, hanging the crucifix, and preparing tens of thousands of communion wafers,” the University reported yesterday.
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.
If a Catholic college cannot assure that its theology professors are imparting the truths of the faith, then families should look to more faithful Catholic institutions, suggested Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Fla., in an interview with The Cardinal Newman Society.

Sound theology is the heart of Catholic higher education; it helps students direct their learning, explore the beauty of the faith and better understand their relationship with God and the Church. Therefore the Church provides the academic mandatum, an acknowledgment by the local bishop of a “professor’s commitment and responsibility to teach authentic Catholic doctrine and to refrain from putting forth as Catholic teaching anything contrary to the Church’s magisterium,” according to the U.S. bishops’ guidelines.

Referencing Ex corde Ecclesiae, the Vatican’s constitution on Catholic universities, Bishop Dewane noted that professors who have obtained the mandatum help Catholic colleges fulfill their mission. “It says that Catholicism is present and operative at such institutions. More profoundly, the individual professor evidences that desire to teach in communion, to express what the teachings of the Church are,” he said.
The camps allow students to develop their skills, meet other athletes, and experience life on a college campus. Soccer and basketball programs are being offered for both boys and girls, as well as baseball and lacrosse camps for boys.
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.
The experience of these administrators with homeschooled students correlates with a 2013 study which found significant evidence of higher ACT and SAT scores and overall GPAs for homeschooled students who attend a Catholic university.
Students will gather to listen to speakers, hear music performances, and participate in Mass, Confession, and Eucharistic Adoration.
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.
In interviews with The Cardinal Newman Society, professors from faithful Catholic colleges illustrated the connection between the Catholic intellectual tradition and recent findings that Catholics are most likely to support space exploration.
Students are drawn to the "timeless tradition" of the Catholic Church, particularly in the architecture and art surrounding sacred spaces, according to a new study and several Catholic college chaplains recently interviewed by The Cardinal Newman Society.
The Catholic University of America, Mount St. Mary's University, and Walsh University received the "highest federal recognition" for their "commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement."
Throughout the month of December, institutions recommended in The Newman Guide are offering students opportunities to celebrate Advent and prepare for Christmas before returning home at the end of the semester.
Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., announced the appointment of its 25th president, Simon Newman, the chief executive officer of Cornerstone Management Group. He will succeed current president Dr. Thomas Powell, who is stepping down after 11 years as president.
Celebrating its ten-year anniversary, the Outdoor Adventure program at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., is demonstrating how even extracurricular activities at a Catholic university can contribute significantly to students’ formation as Catholic leaders.
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.
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.
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.
A group of students from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., recently traveled to Philadelphia for a week-long service trip, the University announced.
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.
Colleges recommended in The Newman Guide ranked well in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges. 
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.
Two ­Newman Guide-recommended universities—Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.—recently formed a partnership that will allow students to earn both a bachelor’s and a law degree in six years.
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.
Led by Fr. Brian Nolan, the University chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, the group traveled through Rome and Assisi visiting important historical sites and "icons of the Catholic faith."
Where Justice and Mercy Meet was written and edited by Dr. Trudy Conway, professor of philosophy, and Dr. David McCarthy, professor of theology, in collaboration with Catholic Mobilizing Network’s Vicki Schieber.
The recognized colleges have four areas of distinction: "engaged students," "great teaching," "a vibrant campus community," and "successful outcomes."
One program focuses on helping students "transition from home to campus life" with an emphasis on academics and "living your faith."  Another gives students experience serving the poor.
Noah Morey grew up homeschooling in Seattle with his seven siblings—one of whom is a Benedictine priest and another of whom is a Discalced Carmelite nun.
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.
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.
More than 60 female student-athletes attended a retreat that aims to “help the athletes understand that God desires a relationship with them personally.”
During the team’s trip to Jacksonville, Fl., for the regional National Small College Rugby Organization championship game, the team visited Wolfson Children’s Hospital to distribute t-shirts and rugby balls.
Athletic camps for men’s and women’s soccer and basketball, and men’s lacrosse and baseball are planned.  Many of the camps are run by the Mount’s Division I coaching staff.
“It is a distinct privilege to serve as President of Mount St. Mary’s University. I am humbled and grateful the Board of Trustees asked me to remain at the helm while the search for my successor continues.”
Forty-five members of the University community are reading the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John during the months of February, March and April.
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.
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.
Catholic Education Daily reported last July that the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on campus caught fire after being struck by lightning.  
Athletes ran along a 100 meter track set-up along the street in Rome leading to St. Peter’s Square while other athletes spoke to the crowd about the importance of sports in their lives.
Attendees of the walk encounter martyrs, saints and others who have “come back from the dead” to share their stories. 
"The role of athletics at a Catholic College or University is to help form saints, not win championships. That being said, the two are not mutually exclusive."
Mount St. Mary’s University will be hosting the 25th Annual Special Olympics’ Fall Sports Festival this weekend, according to the University.
“Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence.” (1 Peter 3:15)
Catholic theologian Weigel will speak on “Religious Liberty in 21st Century America” as a part of the University’s celebration of Constitution Day (9/17).
Mount St. Mary’s University is inviting all students, faculty, staff and those in the community to join in a day of prayer and fasting for world peace on the vigil of the birthday of Mary, Queen of Peace (9/7).
“Sport, as you well know, is an activity that involves more than the movement of the body; it demands use of intelligence and the disciplining of the will."
“We want to see Catholic media succeed in the digital landscape and give clients the creative voice they need to get their message heard.”
Mount St. Mary's theology professor David Cloutier writes that moral theologians have “virtually no ecclesiastical oversight or guidance” from the Church.
The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mount St. Mary’s University suffered major damage after a lightning strike caused a fire in the bell tower.
“We have a glorious national shrine on our campus and now we are blessed to welcome the hundreds of thousands who annually visit the Grotto,” said University President Thomas H. Powell.
Two Mount St. Mary's award-winning athletes will begin working for The Cardinal Newman Society this summer.
Mount St. Mary's University President Thomas H. Powell made public today his decision to retire.  Dr. Powell will step down after the 2013-14 academic year.
Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, recently announced that Baltimore Archbishop William Lori will deliver the University's 205th commencement address on May 12.
"Despite assurances from the Administration to the contrary, this mandate would still insist that every employee at Catholic universities and colleges be enrolled in an insurance regiment that includes abortion causing drugs," said Monsignor Stuart Swetland.
For the second year in a row, Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, has been included in the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Mount St. Mary's University President Thomas H. Powell recently expressed the delight of the University community at the news of the elevation of Mount St. Mary's Seminary Rector Msgr. Steven P. Rohlfs, S.T.D. to the rank of Protonotary Apostolic.
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.
Three colleges that appear in The Newman Guide for their fidelity to Catholic teaching were recently honored by the American Council of College Trustees and Alumni for the strength of their curriculum. Many others received high marks as well.
The Cardinal Newman Society has signed and helped organize Catholic college signers for a court brief in support of lawsuits filed against the Obama administration by Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College.
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.
Courage International is hosting a meeting for Catholic and Christian therapists this Saturday, July 21, during the group’s annual conference at Mount St. Mary’s College and Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
In a strongly-worded open letter to President Barack Obama, Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland voiced its protest of the federal government mandate requiring the provision of sterilization, contraception and abortion-inducing drugs in all health care plans as part of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Rector: he has all the external signs of making a good priest
Benedictine College hired Christendom's former Dean of Student Life.
"to help people find a friendship with God"
Msgr. Stuart Swetland, vice president for mission at Mount St. Mary's University . . .
14-Month Celebration to Kick-Off on August 22nd

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