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)
Homecoming and Reunions Weekend was renamed Cardinal Weekend this year and held Oct. 17 to 19. Events included a reception with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., former CUA president; receptions; a football game tent party; class celebrations; and more. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
Catholic University’s newly renovated Father O’Connell Hall — built in 1914 and now LEED certified — was formally dedicated with an Oct. 17 ceremony featuring remarks by University President John Garvey, an invocation by Most Rev. Barry Knestout, auxiliary bishop of Washington, and self-guided tours of the building. The guest of honor was Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Diocese of Trenton, for whom the building is named. Bishop O’Connell, a CUA alumnus, served as University President for 12 years from 1998 to 2010 prior to his elevation to bishop. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Rachael Salamone)
Families of students came to campus Oct. 3 through 5 for Family Weekend, which featured a football game, service opportunities, a reception with President John Garvey, a Mass, tours of campus, a monuments cruise, a guest performer, and more. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Rachael Salamone)
Capital Fest 2014, a concert for Catholic University students featuring the band Walk the Moon, was held Sept. 27 on the University Lawn. Program Board, the University’s student-run organization that plans undergraduate events, put the concert together. The band Coin opened for Walk the Moon. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Rachael Salamone)