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Catholic colleges have been concerned with the importance of virtue and character since the beginning of the university system, and this is what makes them best equipped to still form strong leaders today, University of Mary president Monsignor James Shea told The Cardinal Newman Society in an interview about the launch of the University’s new Virtuous Leadership MBA program this week.

“We know that virtue is indeed something that is missing in American public life and business life. Our culture has become in some senses a breeder of ‘small-souled’ people,” said Msgr. Shea. The virtuous leader however “looks very different from many of those who aspire to or who are in positions of leadership today” because they place their character and greatness at the service of others, he said.

“Hold up any person who aspires to a position of leadership. Hold up a Donald Trump, hold up a Hilary Clinton, and then ask questions about greatness and humility. I think that’s almost an extraordinary litmus test,” Msgr. Shea pointed out.
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.
The expansion of faithful Catholic higher education and the growing options for Catholic families are evidenced in the successful and emerging engineering programs at several colleges recommended in The Cardinal Newman Society’s Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

So we decided to take a closer look at these high-demand engineering programs and how they fit with a solid liberal arts formation. We also spoke with several educators at the colleges to learn more about their respective programs and the benefits of pursuing a degree in engineering at a faithful college.

There can be many tough decisions when selecting a college, but having to choose between faithful Catholic education and a degree in engineering should not be one of them, the educators agreed.
Just before Pope Francis visited the United States last week, Notre Dame theologian Candida Moss took the opportunity to attack the Holy Father with the unfounded claim that he “alienates” sterile women.

The professor of biblical studies and early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame has earned a reputation for outrageous claims. In 2013, she wrote and heavily promoted a book claiming that early Christian martyrdom stories were exaggerated to combat heresy centuries later. Last year, she launched a new attack claiming that the Church makes life “impossible” for infertile women, accusing Pope Francis of a chauvinistic approach to women and criticizing the Holy Father for his stern warnings against gender theory—again, for the purpose of promoting a book, Reconceiving Infertility.

Last week, Moss co-wrote an article with Yale professor Joel Baden at The Daily Beast, criticizing Pope Francis for urging married couples to welcome children into their families.
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.”
Colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College for their strong Catholic identities and academics also rank well in leading secular guides, including the 2015 editions from USA Today and U.S. News and World Report. The publications look at factors such as affordability, freshman retention rates, student loan default rates and student-to-teacher ratios.

“These rankings prove that students can opt for strong, faithful Catholic colleges without sacrificing secular prestige,” said The Cardinal Newman Society’s Adam Wilson, managing editor of The Newman Guide.

“But we caution against placing too much importance on rankings that ignore the most important elements of a truly good education—elements that are the primary criteria forThe Newman Guide,” Wilson added. “All things considered, we believe The Newman Guide colleges are superior to all other options, because of their holistic approach to academics and the integration of faith in their studies and campus life.”
Even as students and alumni anxiously await the outcome of the University of Notre Dame’s ten-year curriculum review, amid fears that required theology courses might be reduced, representatives of faithful Catholic colleges in The Newman Guide say that it is theology that sets a Catholic college apart from its secular counterparts.

 “Since theology is the discipline that has been tasked with leading us into greater knowledge and love of God, it would be absurd to omit this most important study in a four-year curriculum at a Catholic institution,” Dr. Mark Zia, associate professor of theology at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., told The Cardinal Newman Society. “A ‘religious studies’ department is not enough; only a theology department will suffice.”

The Church’s constitution on Catholic higher education, Ex corde Ecclesiae, issued by Saint John Paul II in 1990, states that the study of theology “plays a particularly important role” at Catholic colleges and “serves all other disciplines in their search for meaning.” Ex corde Ecclesiae encourages a strong theological curriculum and even requires every Catholic college to “have a faculty, or at least a chair, of theology” in order to help ensure fidelity to Catholic teaching at the college.
In recent years, rapid technological progress has resulted in biomedical breakthroughs that have made it imperative for society to consider human life issues. Several leaders of bioethics programs at Catholic colleges recently told The Cardinal Newman Society that Catholic higher education has a duty to ensure all levels of medical research maintain respect for life as the highest priority.

“A Catholic university and its students are uniquely placed to articulate the reasonableness of the Christian position—which also can be known through reason or natural law—that every human being has an equal and inherent fundamental right to life,” Dr. Patrick Lee, director of the Center for Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, told the Newman Society.

“The struggle between a culture of death and a culture of life has intensified in the last few decades,” reads the description of the University’s Center for Bioethics. “Bio-medical technological breakthroughs have made possible what was previously only theoretical, forcing humanity to confront questions about human life and dignity.”
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.
“When salt loses its flavor, what does it become?”

That’s the question that Dr. Carolyn Woo asks of Catholic colleges, echoing Christ’s warning to believers who allow their faith to become stale. Woo isn’t one of them. Recently, she has had all the zeal of an apostle for faithful Catholic education.

The accomplished educator and nonprofit leader took to the pages of America magazine a few weeks ago to urge the University of Notre Dame to retain its theology requirements for undergraduates, which may be threatened by proposals under consideration as part of the University’s 10-year curriculum review.

“To form leaders of faith, to be the places where the Church does her thinking, to fight against the caricature of God proposed by our secular culture, Catholic universities must offer more than ‘Theology Lite,’” Woo wrote. “In all the efforts to define learning goals for a Catholic university, how about ‘to know God’ as a starter?”
Prudence, temperance, courage, and justice were the focus of a lecture on virtuous leadership recently delivered by Dr. Alexandre Havard. The attention to virtue and servant leadership during the lecture mirrored the core values of the University.
Exposure to classical literature remains one of the most significant sources of academic formation for children, academic experts from two Newman Guide-recommended colleges recently told the National Catholic Register.
During a papal audience in Rome, sophomore Andrew Meyer reportedly traded zucchettos with the Holy Father as he passed by, greeting crowds of students and visitors.
The School of Health Sciences at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., will host Dr. Nikolas Nikas for a bioethics lecture series from Jan. 27-28, the University recently announced.
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.
The University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., recently chose Dr. Peter Huff as its new director of campus ministry, the University officially announced. Dr. Huff will also assume a role as professor of theology at the University.
The Cardinal Newman Society spoke to George Weigel of the Ethics & Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., about his recent article, to discern how Catholic colleges and universities can participate in laying the groundwork in the lead up to the Ordinary Synod in October.
The Masters of Business Administration online programs at DeSales University, University of Mary, and Walsh University were recently recognized among the 2015 Best Online MBA Programs by U.S. News and World Report.
As stated by the University, the new doctoral program seeks to aid Catholic education by "address[ing] the leadership challenges emerging today through K-12 and higher education, not only in North Dakota but also across the region and the United States."
The online accounting program at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., was recently ranked as the second best accounting program in the country by Affordable Colleges Online (ACO), the University announced on its website.
In light of recent developments at some Catholic universities concerning the ideas of "gender spectrums," The Cardinal Newman Society spoke to theologians from faithful Catholic universities to garner a theologically sound understanding of sexual identity.
University President Monsignor James Shea reportedly called the program an "innovative and student-centered response to changing dynamics of today's higher education market."
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.
The University of Mary (U Mary) in Bismarck, N.D.,recently announced the reception of a $10 million donation from Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI). The funding, according to the University, will provide scholarship opportunities for students in nursing and other healthcare fields.
Written in response to the 20 Years of Catholic Studies Conference held earlier this year at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., John Goerke's article in the National Catholic Register explains the nature and importance of Catholic studies.
The University of Mary (Mary) in Bismarck, N.D., recently held its first campus-wide Day of Service, the University announced. Instead of attending classes, students served the nearby Bismarck and Mandan communities.
The University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., recently completed the transformation of student housing on campus and, starting this semester, now only offers single-sex residence halls.
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.
The University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., recently hired Patrick O'Meara as its Vice President for Mission Advancement and Chief Investment Officer, announced the University.
Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., told The Cardinal Newman Society about the great impact the University's newly announced Master of Science in Bioethics degree will have on the institution and its Catholic identity.
From noon until 3:00 pm on Friday, April 18, Monsignor James Shea will lead the faithful in meditation on Christ’s suffering and death.
The University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., is hosting a Cor Christi (Heart of Christ) Institute for high school students to have a “living encounter with the foundational teachings and practices of the Catholic faith.”
The programs include the “study of Christology, church history, the Bible, faith and justice, Catholic Church architecture, and the role of St. Benedict and Benedictine monasticism.”
The University of Mary in Bismark, N.D., will host George Weigel for a presentation on his new book, Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches, for students studying in Rome.
Between 30-40 physical and occupational therapy students took part in the University of Mary’s Service Oriented Learning Experience in which they learned “creativity” and the “joy of serving others.”
“...I realize ever more it’s not sufficient simply to instruct youth or adults in their religion, for there is more to the Faith than knowledge and more to the human person than the intellect.”
During his tenure as mayor of Bismarck, N.D., Dr. John Warford achieved 12 years of growth, including the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, the University reported.
University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., recently received a top ranking for its teacher education program, the University announced in a press release.
Ilibagiza will deliver a keynote talk titled "Immaculee Ilibagiza's Story of Faith, Hope and Forgiveness" at the University of Mary's McDowell Activity Center.
"[You have] a sterling faculty, dedicated and generous alum and students that are so fervent in the faith and learning in soul, mind and heart," Cardinal Dolan told the University of Mary.
The University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, hopes to form leaders in the service of truth, and uses athletics as one means to achieve this goal.
The ceremony will take place during the Diocese of Bismarck's "THIRST" conference.  Cardinal Dolan's presentation is titled, "Go Teach All Nations: Passing the Treasure of Faith to the Next Generation."
Monsignor James Shea was on air at for the installation of Fargo Bishop John Folda.
"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.
Christian artists form across the United States will soon attend a yearly event at University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, to celebrate and exhibit Christian art.
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 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.
President of the University of Mary—the only Catholic college in North Dakota—Father James P. Shea attributed the resounding defeat of a proposed religious liberty amendment to the North Dakota constitution to a barrage of late-breaking activity by Planned Parenthood and like-minded organizations.
As president of University of Mary—North Dakota’s only Catholic college—Father James P. Shea is, not surprisingly, taking a visible role in supporting a proposed religious liberty amendment to the state constitution.
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