Hundreds of Catholic University students, faculty and staff packed the National Shrine's Crypt Church on Sept. 11, 2006, to mark the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a Mass honoring those who perished. Worshipers filled out cards with the names of friends and relatives who died that day, so the names could be presented along with the Offertory gifts. During Mass a cross crafted from World Trade Center debris rested on the middle of the altar.
Catholic University’s Mass of the Holy Spirit, held annually in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to open the new academic year, attracted hundreds of university faculty, staff and students. The Aug. 31 Mass, at which Archbishop Donald Wuerl delivered the homily, was followed by a university-wide picnic to welcome him as the university’s new chancellor.
CUA welcomed approximately 2,500 new students and their families to its new student orientation, held Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, through Sunday, Aug. 27, 2006. Families attended educational sessions, mixers, skits, book discussion groups and other events designed to help them make the high school-to-college transition. Families also helped students move into their residence halls during this time.
More than 900 graduates, guests and members of the CUA faculty and administration gathered Saturday, May 13 on the east steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to celebrate CUA’s 117th Annual Commencement. CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer delivered the commencement address.
CUA alumni gathered on the rooftop of Washington Hay-Adams Hotel on Saturday, April 29 for the Cherry Blossom Reception, hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations.
The 17th American Cardinals Dinner, an annual black-tie fundraiser to benefit CUA scholarships, was held April 28 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Nine U.S. cardinals and more than 650 guests attended the dinner, which raised nearly a million dollars.
Eight U.S. cardinals gathered in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the afternoon of April 28 to say Mass prior to the 17th American Cardinals Dinner fundraiser in support of Catholic University scholarship funds. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was the principal celebrant and Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., CUA president, delivered the homily.
Catholic University hosted a luncheon on April 26 to mark the opening of the 2006 International Prayer for Peace: "Religions and Cultures: the Courage of Dialogue.," an annual interfaith gathering held for the first time in the United States. Approximately 100 guests, representing a variety of faith groups, attended the luncheon.
Catholic University presented Aaron Copland's America, CUA's 2006 President's Festival of the Arts, from March 27 to April 8. This two-week-long celebration of the acclaimed American composer included presentations of Rogers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma, a concert of Copland's Old American Songs, and his opera The Tender Land.
"The Furies," the final installment of an operatic trilogy about the tragic house of Agamemnon by CUA husband-and-wife faculty members Andrew Earle Simpson (composer) and Sarah Brown Ferrario (librettist), premiered at Catholic University Feb. 9 through 12. The Washington Post praised the music, libretto, staging and individual performances, calling the opera "tragically good."