On Jan. 27, The Catholic University of America and Dominican House of Studies, in association with the National Catholic Educational Association, celebrated National Catholic Schools Week at the annual University Mass in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas, which was broadcast live from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on EWTN and CatholicTV. This year’s celebrant and homilist was Very Rev. Ken Letoile, O.P., prior provincial for the Dominican’s Province of St. Joseph. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Rachael Salamone)
On a sunny, mild morning, hundreds of Catholic University students gathered in Caldwell Hall Jan. 22 to attend a rally before traveling to the National Mall for the 42nd Annual March for Life. President John Garvey and Students for Life President Kyle Herrington addressed the students at the rally. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Rachael Salamone)
More than 700 students, faculty, and staff from The Catholic University of America served neighbors in need on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 19 — the largest contingent in the 10 years the University has participated in the MLK Day of Service. It also marks the largest community service event ever at Catholic University. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Rachael Salamone)
Hundreds of students, faculty members, and members of the Brookland community were in attendance Jan. 12 as the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), led by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, performed a free concert at The Catholic University of America’s Hartke Theatre. The performance marked the beginning of the music school’s year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration and was the culmination of the 2015 NSO In Your Neighborhood series, a week of events in the Brookland and NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. In the hours leading up to the concert, a brass quartet from the NSO interacted with music students as part of Studio X, the music school’s weekly music colloquium in which undergraduates gather for presentations, performances, and master classes. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
University photographer Ed Pfueller has compiled a selection of his best photos of 2014 to share with the CUA community. Happy New Year to all!
The Catholic University of America celebrated the Christmas season with several events on Friday, Dec. 5. In the afternoon, CUA's religious in residence sang carols with Red (the University's mascot) in celebration of Advent. That evening, the CUA community gathered with President and Mrs. Garvey in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center for the annual Light the Season event featuring singing, a live Nativity, treats, and the lighting of the Christmas tree. Also that evening, the 25th annual Christmas Concert for Charity was held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Sponsored jointly by the University and the Basilica, the concert featured the CUA Chamber Choir, University Singers, University Chorus, and the CUA Symphony Orchestra. A freewill offering was taken for the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation, which raises money to support a highly regarded infant and maternity hospital located 500 yards from the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem.
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, held Nov. 16 to 22, provided the CUA community an opportunity to shed light on poverty and advocate for the rights of the homeless and poor. Events included a Vigil for Hope, a special CUA on Tap event, homeless food runs, and service opportunities. (Photos by Rachael Salamone)
In early November, University President John Garvey toured a construction site on West Campus that eventually will become part of a new main entrance to Catholic University with Jerry Conrad, associate vice president for facilities operations, and Kurt Wiebusch, director of facilities planning and construction. West Campus consists of more than 40 acres of land to the west of Harewood Road, adjacent to North Capitol Street. The development of this land is part of the 2012 Master Plan. The plan — which will take some years to bring to fruition — proposes a new main entrance to the campus via North Capitol Street through West Campus.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a CUA alumnus, gave a presentation on the economy Nov. 13 as part of a National Policy Forum organized by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (IPR). The governor’s speech in Caldwell Auditorium was titled “An Economy with a Human Purpose — Better Choices for Greater Middle Class Opportunity.” O’Malley’s speech was followed by a panel discussion. Moderated by Stephen Schneck, director of IPR, the panel included Norman J. Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; Matthew Green, IPR fellow and associate professor of politics; and Carrie Budoff Brown, a reporter for Politico. The event was the second in the National Policy Forum series.
The natural beauty of The Catholic University of America's campus is striking in a special way in the fall. The excitement of a new academic year is framed in bright fall colors that seem to reflect the energy on campus. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)