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5/5/2016
The 2015-2016 academic year was a good one in many ways for Catholic higher education, The Cardinal Newman Society has concluded after reviewing hundreds of news reports about positive signs of strong Catholic identity. These examples show that faithful Catholic education is flourishing on many campuses, forming students morally, spiritually and intellectually, in sharp contrast to the scandals at many wayward Catholic universities.

Representatives from the colleges who spoke with the Newman Society during this school year cited their Catholic mission as the core of what makes their education unique and successful. Instead of a hindrance, fidelity to Church teaching is the key to their growth and success.

Our recap of articles published this year by The Cardinal Newman Society includes new initiatives aimed at stronger marriage preparation, efforts to combat the scourge of pornography, healthy visitation policies in student housing, the defense of religious freedom and more.
4/19/2016
The Daily Signal recently pointed out that almost a year has gone by without a vote since the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) was introduced in Congress. The Cardinal Newman Society, a number of Catholic educators and dozens of religious and public policy organizations signed a letter last February urging House leadership to schedule a vote on the bill.

A representative of the Family Research Council, which sponsored the letter, told the Newman Society that a formal response has yet to be received. The letter was addressed to Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
3/7/2016
Given the growing concern about the “hook-up” culture and sexual assault on college campuses, Catholic colleges and universities need to remember their duty in promoting visitation and dorm policies that encourage chastity and the well-being of all students, said Adam Wilson, The Cardinal Newman Society’s director of communications and managing editor of The Newman Guide, in a recent interview on the Son Rise Morning Show.

“Catholic universities in great part have lost a sense of their duty to help students live out chastity on campus,” he said, speaking on the Newman Society’s recent visitation report. “There are lots of studies out there that have established the hook-up culture as a major problem on American campuses. Some studies have even shown that Catholic colleges are not immune to this problem. In fact, some of them are just as bad as your mainstream secular campuses.”
2/24/2016
Cardinal Raymond Burke has been very outspoken in recent months about the importance of Catholic education in building a strong family culture, and he’s scheduled to give another address on Catholic education and the family this April at The Newman Guide-recommended Northeast Catholic College in New Hampshire.

From the event description: “Northeast Catholic College is pleased to announce that His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke will visit the college on April 4, 2016. His Eminence currently serves as the Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and previously served as the Cardinal Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.” Following a Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Annunciation and other events during the day, Cardinal Burke will give an evening address at the College on the theme “Renewing the Family and Catholic Education.”
2/23/2016
A new Cardinal Newman Society report released this week on visitation policies at residential Catholic colleges in the U.S. found that only nine out of 192 colleges prohibit opposite-sex visitation between students in dorm buildings on the weekends, and only 11 colleges have such a policy for weekday nights. These visitation policies are considered a crucial component of the institutions’ Catholic identities, according to representatives from three of the colleges, by strengthening the college community and fostering mutual respect among students.

“These colleges demonstrate that a culture that promotes chastity can be achieved with appropriate dorm policies as well as educational efforts,” wrote Adam Wilson, author of the report and managing editor of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, in Crisis Magazine on Tuesday.
2/9/2016
The liturgical season of Lent begins this week on February 10, and recognizing the opportunity to help form students in the faith and grow closer to Jesus, colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College have taken an active role in urging their students and communities to engage in the Lenten season by providing opportunities for spiritual reading, retreats, prayer and devotion.

At Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., Stations of the Cross and communal praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet are held every Friday during Lent. Additionally, the chaplaincy office is currently holding meetings to urge students to participate in the Liturgy of the Hours.
12/30/2015
The Cardinal Newman Society and the Institute of Catholic Culture (ICC) will present a unique conference on Catholic higher education next month, featuring the presidents of five Catholic colleges who will discuss the crisis in American society “under attack from the secularist agenda” and the solutions found in a faithful Catholic education.

The conference, titled “CRISIS: Catholic Higher Education and the Next Generation,” will take place the day after the March for Life, on Saturday, January 23, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at St. Thomas More Cathedral Hall in Arlington, Va. The public is invited and can register at the ICC’s website.

“There is truly a crisis of faith and identity in much of Catholic education, especially higher education,” said Newman Society President Patrick Reilly. “But I expect this conversation with some of the leading lights in faithful education to be very hopeful, and I am especially eager to hear the responses and proposals of the participants.”
12/10/2015
Throughout the month of December, faithful Catholic colleges and universities recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College planned events and opportunities for students to prepare for the birth of Christ in a variety of ways, including charity functions, music services and prayer gatherings. 

Such activities “remind our students that they are participants in the greater mission of the college and of the Catholic Church,” one Newman Guide college representative told The Cardinal Newman Society.

Ave Maria University (AMU) in Ave Maria, Fla., hosted its annual Celebration of Lights Festival on December 4 to prepare for the Christmas season. 
9/22/2015
At the beginning of a new school year, professors at some of America’s most faithfully Catholic colleges take the Vatican’s Oath of Fidelity to protect against scandal and fortify the colleges’ Catholic identity. It stands in stark contrast to the infidelity and confusion emanating from some other Catholic campuses.

Some colleges—like Christendom College in Front Royal, Va., and Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyo.—ask all faculty members to take the Oath. At least another 14 Catholic colleges require the Oath from their theology professors, and The Catholic University of America (CUA) requires theology professors to have the “canonical mission,” which is necessary for granting pontifical degrees.

But still, among nearly 200 Catholic colleges in the United States, 17 is a minority.  What inspires these uncommon colleges to require the Oath, and are there any real benefits?

“Theology faculty are asked to the take the Oath of Fidelity, so that they become mindful of the fact that they are witnessing, studying, teaching and handing down truth of which they are not the author,” said Dr. Mark Zia, associate professor of theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. “Jesus Christ forever remains the Teacher, and both professor and students are his pupils as they respectfully probe the mysteries of salvation.”
7/21/2015
The availability of well-celebrated liturgy and sacred music should be the norm at all Catholic colleges, not the exception, said Dr. Kurt Poterack, choir director and adjunct professor of music at Christendom College in Front Royal, Va. Poterack spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society regarding Pope Emeritus Benedict’s recent comments on sacred music and what it means for Catholic colleges.

The Pope Emeritus recently received honorary doctorates from the John Paul II Pontifical University of Krakow and from the Academy of Music of Krakow in Poland. The former pontiff took the opportunity to thank the now-saint Pope John Paul II for the profound impact he had in his own spiritual life and also share his own reflections on the benefits of sacred music.

The emphasis on sacred music is certainly something that Catholic colleges should be paying attention to, as it helps students to encounter the living God in liturgy, Poterack stated.
5/28/2015
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.
3/13/2015
"The foundation and bedrock of this program is the dignity of every human person, present from conception to natural death, a dignity that comes from having been formed in the image of God," NCC President George Harne said in the College news release.
3/5/2015
The program, which will run from July 26 to August 8, will reportedly allow students the opportunity to study, pray, and participate in recreational activities to acquire a taste for the way of life at the Catholic college.
2/13/2015
Northeast Catholic College President Dr. George Harne will deliver a presentation on beauty and sacred music on March 5 in Concord, N.H., the College recently announced. Dr. Harne has written extensively on sacred music, including its importance on college campuses.
1/30/2015
These majors will reportedly build on the foundation provided by the College's extensive core curriculum, which spans eight semesters and includes the humanities, Latin, music, art, and natural sciences, NCC reported.
1/22/2015
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.
12/12/2014
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.
12/10/2014
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.
12/2/2014
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.
11/6/2014
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H., celebrated several Masses for the intercession of the saints and for the souls of the faithful departed on the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, reported the College.
10/30/2014
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, in Warner, N.H., recently announced that it will extend its “Free Room and Board Initiative” to students enrolling in 2015. The Initiative, which began in April 2014, grants free room and board to freshman and transfer students.
10/27/2014
Today a coalition including The Cardinal Newman Society, leaders of Catholic schools and colleges, and the expert attorneys of the Alliance Defending Freedom told the Obama administration that its latest rule still “directly violates the religious liberty of organizations and individuals.”
10/15/2014
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H., recently held a luncheon and seminar on Catholic solidarity and American individualism in conjunction with the third annual Napa Institute Symposium at the Catholic Center at New York University, Magdalen reported on its website.
10/3/2014
The letter comes in anticipation of the upcoming Synod on the Family, and hopes to address the growing concerns surrounding marriage related issues: pornography, "no fault divorce," cohabitation before marriage, and more.
9/11/2014
Catholic universities faithful to the Church “are becoming stronger, better known, more recognizable [and] more easily distinguished” from other less faithful Catholic institutions, argued Dr. George Harne, president of the College of Saint Mary Magdalen.
9/4/2014
The president of The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, Dr. George Harne, recently shared his commentary on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s vision for Catholic higher education and the renewal of Catholic universities.
8/11/2014
A student at The College of Saint Mary Magdalen recently shared experiences from her freshman year noting Magdalen’s Catholic identity, small community, and the value of a liberal arts education.
6/25/2014
“We need more bright, young minds to embrace the cross of self-giving —to choose the hard road of dying to self,” said Dan Burke, the executive director of EWTN’s National Catholic Register.
6/6/2014
Mary Wilson, choir director at the parish, said that she “realized how quickly and how beautifully children learn chant… and how much it meant to them.”
6/2/2014
The education students receive is “more than just the acquisition of information, it’s transformational… it makes a difference in the way [students] live their lives.” 
4/11/2014
"Now more than ever, young people need a faithful and vibrant Catholic education for the good of the Church and the renewal of our nation," said Dr. George Harne, Magdalen president.
3/27/2014
“We learn from each other and encourage one another toward our common goal, which is not performance, but rather the glory of God and the sanctification of the faithful.”
3/12/2014
Rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to spend two weeks at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H., this summer.
1/24/2014
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen has a feature on its website about the Sodality of Mary, a group of female students who meet for prayer and spiritual discussions on a regular basis.
12/12/2013
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen recently welcomed Catholic composer and teacher Dr. Kurt Poterack to campus for a lecture and musical interactions with students.
11/4/2013
One student came to Magdalen thanks to The Newman Guide. Now in her fourth year, she admitted to falling in love with the College after her first visit.
10/3/2013
Notre Dame’s conference, “Mary On the Eve of the Second Vatican Council,” is being held from Oct. 6-8 and is free and open to the public.
9/4/2013
"'Worship’ itself, Eucharistic communion, includes the reality both of being loved and of loving others in turn." 
8/30/2013
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen asks those “who have been blessed by the College” to pause and give thanks.
8/27/2013
"After all, so the reasoning went, if the 'Mass of the Ages' had changed, why not the Church’s teaching concerning the relation between human intimacy and procreation?"
8/2/2013
Students, faculty, staff and board members gathered for a special Mass in honor of St. Mary Magdalen and a celebratory lunch.
6/28/2013
St. John Bosco said that “A school without music is like a body without a soul.”  This certainly applies to colleges and universities.  Music can animate a collegiate community and unite it more effectively than almost anything else.
4/5/2013
"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.
11/12/2012
The College of Saint Mary Magdalen is rebounding since its “refounding” two years ago, as the school reports that its freshman class doubled in size over last year, and is in fact its largest ever.
10/23/2012
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.
10/15/2012
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.
6/11/2012
A new council of the Knights of Columbus founded at The College of Saint Mary Magdalen last semester will give “the men of the college the opportunity to put their faith into practice,” according to a student who helped bring the Knights to the campus.
5/4/2012
Dr. George Harne, president of The College of Saint Mary Magdalen in Warner, NH, will appear on EWTN’s program The Journey Home next Monday, May 7. On The Journey Home, host Marcus Grodi regularly interviews guests about their conversions to the Catholic faith.
10/18/2010
9/4/2008
Magdalen College in Warner, New Hampshire, has launched its 35th anniversary celebration, which will include campus appearances by Francis Cardinal Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments; Sean Cardinal O’Malley of Boston; papal biographer Brennan Pursell; Inside the Vatican editor-in-chief Dr. Robert Moynihan; and pro-life musician Tony Melendez.
5/29/2008
Joseph A. Esposito, Director of The Cardinal Newman Society’s Center for the Study of Catholic Higher Education, spoke at the President’s Council dinner at Magdalen College, April 5.  The talk was attended by the college’s faculty and staff, the entire student body, alumni and supporters.

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