Employees of The Catholic University of America gathered on Dec. 21, 2015, for the annual Christmas party hosted by President John Garvey. The celebration began with Mass at 2 p.m. celebrated in Caldwell Chapel. Starting at 3 p.m., staff and faculty members enjoyed food, drink, and fellowship in the spirit of the season in the Great Room of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. Vice President and Chief of Staff Frank Persico presided over the presentation of door prizes as party goers clutched their tickets hoping to hear their number called.
Take a look back at events that took place in 2015 at The Catholic University of America.
On Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, the 26th annual Christmas Concert for Charity took place at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Great Upper Church. The concert featured CUA Choruses and Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Basilica Choir. A freewill offering was taken up to benefit the Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts based in Washington, D.C. (Photos by Dana Rene Bowler)
Catholic University students celebrated at the Thanksgiving Cultural Potluck Dinner on Nov. 19 in the Great Room of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. The potluck was organized as a collaboration between the Office of Campus Activities and the Center for Global Education. Approximately 350 students attended.
In preparation for Pope Francis’s upcoming visit, students, faculty, staff, and alumni from Catholic University participated in “Serve with Francis Day” on Sunday, Sept. 13, in the Washington, D.C., area. Approximately 530 people spent the day serving at locations such as Carroll Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Catholic University’s community garden, Archbishop Carroll High School, and the Franciscan Monastery, where University President John Garvey helped with work in the garden.
CUA Athletics had one of its most successful years in the history of the program — six conference championships, two Elite Eight appearances, eight teams in the NCAA tournament (the most ever in CUA history), and one in the ECAC tournament. The program had five All-Americans and four Landmark Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, and was the winner of the Landmark Conference Presidents’ Trophy, which recognizes the conference’s best overall athletics program. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Department of Athletics staff)
America’s Catholic cardinals gathered in St. Louis on April 24, raising more than $1.1 million for college scholarships at the 26th American Cardinals Dinner. The dinner was preceded by Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. Most Rev. Robert Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, and John Garvey, President of Catholic University, served as co-hosts for the dinner. All proceeds from the annual event benefit Catholic University scholarship funds. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
The 26 manufactured houses that made up the Curley Court residences for the last decade were removed from campus in March 2015. The trailers were hauled away at a rate of about two a day beginning in the second week of March. The Curley Court site has been restored to its original condition as a gently sloping lawn. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
The Catholic University of America conferred approximately 1,850 degrees during its 126th Annual Commencement Ceremony, held May 16 on the east steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Mary Higgins Clark, best-selling author and suspense novelist, delivered the Commencement address. She received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University. Honorary degrees also were conferred at the main Commencement exercises on author-scholar Michael Novak as well as Francisco José Gómez de Argüello y Wirtz and Maria Carmen Hernández Barrera, co-initiators of the Neocatechumenal Way, a Catholic movement. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Matt Barrick)
Students and their families gathered May 15 in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for annual Baccalaureate Mass, which is held the afternoon before Commencement. Rev. Jude DeAngelo, O.F.M. Conv., University chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, delivered the homily. A picnic followed the Mass. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)