The CUA community gathered for an Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, April 19, at St. Vincent Chapel to receive students entering fully the Catholic Church. The sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation were performed during the candlelit ceremony. The ceremony started outside the chapel where a Paschal candle was blessed and lit from an Easter fire. This "Light of Christ" was then passed among those gathered to fill the sanctuary with light.
Each spring, the Office of Admissions welcomes admitted undergraduate students and their families to campus for Odyssey Day. Admitted students had the opportunity to learn about the academic programs that fit their interests, sample some extracurricular activities, and tour the campus many of them will call home for the next four years.
On April 6, children and families from the Brookland neighborhood participated in a field day featuring games and activities focused on athletics at the Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center. All of the volunteers for the first-time event were Catholic University student athletes.
On March 27, members of The Catholic University of America community gathered in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center for the Honor an Awesome Woman 2014 reception. The event, sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities, is an annual celebration for Women’s History Month. This year’s theme was “Women in the World.”
The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (IPR) hosted its 40th Anniversary Celebration March 22 at the Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, D.C. As part of the celebration, IPR awarded its highest honor, the Bishop John Joseph Keane Medallion for lifetime service to Church, country, and university, to Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington. Also in attendance at the event was Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, who gave the annual Dean Hoge Memorial Lecture.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, delivered the 11th Annual James H. Provost Memorial Lecture at Catholic University on March 20. Cardinal Burke, an alumnus of CUA, spoke on “The Relation between the Apostolic Signatura and the Local Church.” His talk, sponsored by the School of Canon Law, drew a crowd of nearly 250, including Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Apostolic Nuncio; John Garvey, University President; Monsignor Ronny Jenkins, general secretary, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; and Rev. Robert Kaslyn, dean of the School of Canon Law. (Matt Barrick Photography)
Celebrations of Irish culture extended a week after St. Patrick’s Day at Catholic University. The School of Architecture and Planning presented a premiere of a documentary, Tale of the Tongs, to a packed audience. The film is about the 2013 design-build project completed on the western shore of Ireland by participants in the school's Spirit of Place/Spirit of Design (SPSD) program. The documentary was produced by former dean of the school Stanley Hallet and his wife, Judy. (Dana Rene Photography)
Nearly 1,000 people gathered on the feast of University patron St. Thomas Aquinas in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the annual Mass officially inaugurating the spring semester. The Mass, cosponsored by the Dominican House of Studies and the National Catholic Education Association, also celebrated National Catholic Schools Week. The principal celebrant was Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P., president of pontifical faculty of the Dominican House of Studies. The homilist was Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P., vice president and academic dean at the Dominican House of Studies. Broadcast live on EWTN, this year's Mass was held for the first time in the Great Upper Church and included students from nearby Archbishop Carroll High School, St. Anthony Catholic School, and DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md.
Bundled in coats and scarves, more than 360 students gathered at Caldwell Hall Jan. 22 to attend a morning rally before traveling to the National Mall for the 41st Annual March for Life.
On Jan. 20, more than 550 members of the CUA community volunteered in the D.C. area as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Freshmen members of the University's football team helped with a National Park Service project on the National Mall while other students organized and cleaned at Bethlehem House, which provides Christian residential communities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.