At the May 16 Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2014, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila, urged the graduates to find the place Jesus has prepared for them in life. Addressing the crowd of more than 3,000 people who filled the pews and lined the walls of the Great Upper Church in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Cardinal Tagle assured the graduates that “each of you has a place God has prepared for you.”
Catholic University celebrated the last day of classes with the annual Luaupalooza on Friday, May 2. Some students lined up the night before the event to be the first to get this year's Luaupalooza T-shirt. The celebration featured performances from student dance and singing groups, including CUA's own Backstreet Boys. Food, music, and games took place on lawn next to the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. The Virginia band The Last Bison closed out the evening before fireworks filled the sky.
On Saturday, April 26, Catholic University's Program Board joined with student organizations CUA Sol, College Republicans, FOCUS, Habitat for Hamnity, Indus Valley Association, and International Affairs Association for Color Fest, which was based on Holi, a Hindu celebration of color and love. The event featured spring themed crafts and a color "fight" on the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center Lawn. A bonfire with music and food followed on the Opus Lawn, rekindling a CUA tradition.
Three faculty members were honored April 23 by The Catholic University of America for their achievements at the 2014 Research and Scholarship Awards. They represented academic backgrounds in psychology, architecture and planning, and social work. Receiving awards were Melissa D. Grady, assistant professor of social work, who received the Young Faculty Scholar’s Award for Achievement in Research; Eric J. Jenkins, associate professor of architecture and planning, who received the award for Scholarly Achievement in the Creative Arts; and David A. Jobes, professor of psychology, who received the award for Achievement in Research. Provost James Brennan served as the master of ceremonies at a reception in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.
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)