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.
University photographer Ed Pfueller has compiled a selection of his best photos of 2013 to share with the CUA community. Happy New Year to all!
A few snowy December days on campus helped set the tone for community celebrations of the season. In the Edward J. Pryzbyla Center President and Mrs. Garvey helped in a ceremonial lighting of the campus Christmas tree with caroling and a live nativity scene. Campus Ministry gathered toys and gifts for needy families with its CUA Giving Tree and the University faculty and staff gathered for a celebration of the Eucharist at St. Vincent de Paul Chapel followed by the President's annual Christmas party. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music celebrated the 24th annual Christmas Concert for Charity on Dec. 6 in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Sponsored jointly by the University and the Basilica, the concert raised funds for Bethlehem House, which provides Christian residential communities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
President John Garvey paid special tribute to Catholic University staff and faculty who have provided 10 or 20 years of full-time employment to CUA at the Annual 10- and 20-Year Service Awards Dinner held Nov. 19 at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. Thirty-two honorees celebrated a decade of service; eight honorees celebrated two decades of service.(Photos by Ed Pfueller)
Michael Ryan, B.A. 1959, owns and operates the historic Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm in Frederick County, Md. In December 2012, he hosted staff from The Catholic University of America Magazine at his 250-acre farm. A feature article about that day appears in the fall 2013 issue of the magazine. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
Team Capitol DC, led by students from Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning, built a sustainable home on a parking lot on CUA’s campus for entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. Once completed, the home was transported to the international competition in California, where the team placed seventh. Its house, HARVEST HOME, was designed as a place of solace and healing for wounded veterans. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
At the annual Commitment to Nursing & Blessing of the Hands Ceremony on Oct. 19, Rev. Jude DeAngelo, O.F.M. Conv., University chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, blessed the hands of 92 junior nursing majors. The blessing of hands — a symbol of the commitment the students have made to the nursing profession — celebrates the start of their clinical rotations.