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BACK TO SCHOOL. Students assist one another with move-in at the University of Dallas. Courtesy of the University of Dallas

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his National Catholic Register resource is made possible through the cooperation of bishops, college presidents, our benefactors and our advertisers. This year, 39 schools went on record in answer to these questions:

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Text of the Questionnaire We Sent to Catholic Colleges

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1. Did the president make the public “Profession of Faith” and take the “Oath of Fidelity”?

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2. Is the majority of the board of trustees Catholic?

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3. Is the majority of the faculty Catholic?

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4. Do you publicly require all Catholic theology professors to have the mandatum? 5. Did all Catholic theology professors take the “Oath of Fidelity”?

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6. Do you provide daily Mass and posted times (at least weekly) for individual confession?

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7. Do you exclude advocates of abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem-cell research, cloning or advocates of the redefinition of marriage as commencement speakers and/or recipients of honorary degrees?

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8. Do you exclude sponsoring campus groups and clubs that are not in line with Catholic teaching (examples: abortion- and LGBT-related clubs)? If allowed, please explain.

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9. Do you prohibit coed dorms? 10. Do your student health services prohibit referrals to abortion businesses?

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B6 DONNELLY COLLEGE B6 FRANCISCAN MISSIONARIES OF OUR LADY UNIVERSITY B6 FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE B6 HOLY APOSTLES COLLEGE & SEMINARY B6 ITI CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY B6 JOHN PAUL THE GREAT CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY B6 MAGDALEN COLLEGE OF THE LIBERAL ARTS B6 MARYVALE INSTITUTE B8 MOUNT ST. MARY’S SEMINARY & SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY B8 MOUNT ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY B8 OUR LADY SEAT OF WISDOM COLLEGE B8 PONTIFEX UNIVERSITY B8 PONTIFICAL JOHN PAUL II INSTITUTE FOR STUDIES ON MARRIAGE AND FAMILY B8 PONTIFICAL COLLEGE JOSEPHINUM

MONK ON THE MOVE. A Benedictine monk carries dorm supplies on move-in day at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Courtesy of

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Benedictine College

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TEAM WORK. Franciscan University’s rugby team moves new students into their residence halls. Franciscan University of Steubenville

B11 SCHOOL OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES AT ST. CHARLES BORROMEO SEMINARY B12 THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE B12 THOMAS MORE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS B13 UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA DE ÁVILA B13 UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS B13 UNIVERSITY OF MARY B13 UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS B13 WALSH UNIVERSITY

LENDING A HAND. Student orientation advisers, shown in blue tshirts, aid incoming students at The Catholic University of America.

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Image by Patrick G. Ryan, University Photographer, Catholic University of America

CAMPUS CONVOY. Christendom College students help one another move their belongings into dorms on campus in Front Royal, Virginia. Courtesy of Christendom College


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ere are the 39 schools that each answered 10 questions about their college’s institutional standards and campus culture. A check mark indicates a positive answer to our Catholic identity question. Schools’ comments expanding upon a “Yes” answer and explaining a “No” or N/A answer are included, as well as more comments (denoted by *). View online at NCRegister.com; see “College Guide” tab. Aquinas College

The Institution:

3 PRESIDENT’S OATH 3 CATHOLIC BOARD 3* CATHOLIC FACULTY 3* MANDATUM REQUIRED 3* THEOLOGIANS’ OATH

The Institution:

3 PRESIDENT’S OATH 3 CATHOLIC BOARD 3 CATHOLIC FACULTY 3 MANDATUM REQUIRED 3 THEOLOGIANS’ OATH

Campus Culture:

3* MASS AND CONFESSION 3 SPEAKERS VETTED 3* UNOBJECTIONABLE CLUBS

Campus Culture:

N/A* NO COED DORMS

3 MASS AND CONFESSION 3 SPEAKERS VETTED 3 UNOBJECTIONABLE CLUBS

N/A* HEALTH SERVICES OKAY

N/A NO COED DORMS N/A HEALTH SERVICES OKAY

School’s Comments: Institution: Aquinas College is a private, Roman Catholic college offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in elementary and secondary education and bachelor’s degrees in English and history. Our vision is to be a leader in the formation of educators who are sent forth to teach, preach and witness to truth and charity for the salvation of souls and the transformation of culture. We find our place in the heart of the Church, called to serve Catholic education by offering our students a holistic, human formation in the liberal arts as well as professional formation to prepare them to serve as Catholic educators. At Aquinas College, we have the unique privilege of providing the intellectual and professional formation of the young sisters of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. In addition, we allow the beautiful and rich overflow of our educational program to be given to others who share in our vision, providing a means for lay students to receive the same high-quality intellectual and professional formation that the sisters are privileged to receive.

6160 S. Syracuse Way Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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he Catholic Identity College Questionnaire offers objective questions about a university’s Catholic identity. We designed the questionnaire so that a “YES” answer reflects essential elements of the renewal of Catholic identity called for by Pope St. John Paul II’s 1990 apostolic constitution on higher education, Ex Corde Ecclesiae (Out of the Heart of the Church), its 2000 “Application to the United States,” canon law and other relevant Church documents.

(303) 937-4420 Augustine.edu Enrollment: 551

4210 Harding Pike Nashville, TN 37228 (615) 297-7545 AquinasCollege.edu Enrollment: 55

Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology

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School’s Comments: Institution: The Augustine Institute Graduate School was founded in 2005 in response to Pope St. John Paul II’s call for a New Evangelization. Today the graduate school offers master’s degrees in theology, sacred Scripture and leadership that are rigorous, practical, contemplative and accessible. At the heart of the program is a group of dedicated Catholic educators committed to the harmony of scholarly reflection and apostolic activity. The Augustine Institute is a fully accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS. edu). Every regular faculty member has a mandatum to teach in the Archdiocese of Denver and makes the “Profession of Faith” and “Oath of Fidelity” to the magisterium of the Church. Campus Culture: Whether on campus or online, students receive a rich intellectual, spiritual and evangelical formation. On-campus students enjoy a common life of prayer, including daily Mass, confession, individual spiritual direction and spiritual conferences. On-campus students also participate in weekly theological seminars and personalized internship opportunities with Denver-area apostolates. Students in the state-ofthe-art distance-education program receive a personalized experience, including one-on-one interaction with faculty and the flexibility of ondemand study. Distance students also have the option of taking weeklong intensive courses on site in Denver to meet faculty and fellow students.

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Ave Maria University 5050 Ave Maria Blvd. Ave Maria, FL 34142 (239) 280-2556 AveMaria.edu Enrollment: 1,100 The Institution:

3 PRESIDENT’S OATH 3 CATHOLIC BOARD 3 CATHOLIC FACULTY 3 MANDATUM REQUIRED 3 THEOLOGIANS’ OATH Campus Culture:

3 MASS AND CONFESSION 3 SPEAKERS VETTED 3 UNOBJECTIONABLE CLUBS 3 NO COED DORMS N/A HEALTH SERVICES OKAY

School’s Comments: Institution: Ave Maria University is an authentically Catholic university situated in the growing area of beautiful Southwest Florida. With 31 majors and an average class size of 20, students are able to build relationships with our elite faculty as they benefit from a classical liberal arts curriculum buoyed by the sacra-

ments. As the name — Ave Maria — indicates, we are focused on helping students discern their vocational call, whatever that call might be. We accomplish this by offering access to grace, empowering students to inquire and discover their unique God-given vocation, respond to the will of God in their lives with their own profound fiat, and, then, to live a life of joyful collaboration with Jesus Christ and his Holy Catholic Church. Health Services: Ave Maria University does not offer on-campus health services. Students are able to use the clinic in town.

Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation P.O. Box 803 (corporate address; no physical campus) Helena, AL 35080 (833) 772-8452 Avila-Institute.org Enrollment: 288 The Institution:

3 PRESIDENT’S OATH 3 CATHOLIC BOARD 3 CATHOLIC FACULTY 3 MANDATUM REQUIRED (IN-PROGRESS) 3 THEOLOGIANS’ OATH Campus Culture: N/A MASS AND CONFESSION N/A SPEAKERS VETTED N/A UNOBJECTIONABLE CLUBS N/A NO COED DORMS N/A HEALTH SERVICES OKAY

“Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” SAINT POPE JOHN PAUL II

School’s Comments: Institution: The Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation is a live, online, interactive program that draws Christians worldwide into deeper union with Christ through mystagogically oriented spiritual education and formation focused on the faithful, mystical and ascetical patrimony of the Catholic Church. Our programs are geared toward all adults, with students ranging in age from 18 to 84. The Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation offers a graduate-level program for those looking to develop the skills needed to weave their faith into their occupations or to be a spiritual director or mentor. Also, the School of Spiritual Formation allows people to deepen their own spirituality and incorporate their beliefs and Catholic Tradition into their personal lives, helping to clear their path to heaven. Campus Culture: Avila Institute has no physical campus. It is an online institute.

Belmont Abbey College 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Road Belmont, NC 28012 (704) 461-6700 BelmontAbbeyCollege.edu Enrollment: 1,527 The Institution:

3 PRESIDENT’S OATH 3* CATHOLIC BOARD 3* CATHOLIC FACULTY 3 MANDATUM REQUIRED 3* THEOLOGIANS’ OATH Campus Culture:

3 MASS AND CONFESSION 3 SPEAKERS VETTED 3 UNOBJECTIONABLE CLUBS *

magdalen.edu/apply

NO COED DORMS

The Institution n President’s Oath: Canon 833: The president of a Catholic university is personally bound to make a profession of faith, according to the formula approved by the Apostolic See, in the presence of the chancellor or diocesan bishop or a delegate at the beginning of the term of office. The “Profession of Faith” and the “Oath of Fidelity,” Acta Apostolicae Sedis, 1989: The obligation of a special oath of fidelity has been extended to presidents of Catholic universities. n Catholic Board: U.S. Application: To the extent possible, the majority of the board of trustees should be Catholics committed to the Church. n Catholic Faculty: U.S. Application: The university should strive to recruit and appoint Catholics as professors so that, to the extent possible, those committed to the witness of the faith will constitute a majority of the faculty. n Mandatum Required: Canon 812: It is necessary that Catholic theologians have a mandatum from the diocesan bishop. Pope John Paul II (to American bishops, 2004): “By their very nature, Catholic colleges and universities are called to offer an institutional witness of fidelity to Christ and to his word as it comes to us from the Church, a public witness expressed in the canonical requirement of the mandatum.” U.S. Application: Both the university and the bishops, aware of the contributions made by theologians to Church and academy, have a right to expect them to present authentic Catholic teaching. Catholic professors of the theological disciplines have a corresponding duty to be faithful to the Church’s magisterium as the authoritative interpreter of sacred Scripture and sacred Tradition. U.S. Application: Catholic students have a right to receive from a university instruction in authentic Catholic doctrine and practice, especially from theologians. Mandatum text: “I hereby declare my role and responsibility as a teacher of a theological discipline within the full communion of the Church. As a teacher of a theological discipline, therefore, I am committed to teach authentic Catholic doctrine and to refrain from putting forth as Catholic teaching anything contrary to the Church’s magisterium.” U.S. Application: If a particular professor lacks a mandatum and continues to teach a theological discipline, the university must determine what further action may be taken in accordance with its own mission and statutes. n Theologians’ Oath: Canon 833: Catholic theologians are personally bound to make a profession of faith, according to the formula approved by the Apostolic See, in the presence of the university president if he is a priest, or the diocesan bishop or a delegate, at the beginning of their term of office. The “Profession of Faith” and the “Oath of Fidelity,” Acta Apostolicae Sedis, 1989: The obligation of a special oath of fidelity has been extended to Catholic theology professors. Campus Culture n Mass and Confession: U.S. Application: Catholic students have a right to be provided with opportunities to practice the faith through participation in Mass, the sacraments, religious devotions and other authentic forms of Catholic spirituality. The university shall make provision for effective campus-ministry programs, including the celebration of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and penance, other liturgical celebrations and opportunities for prayer and spiritual reflection. n Speakers Vetted: The U.S. Bishops’ 2004 “Catholics in Political Life”: Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms that would suggest support for their actions. n Unobjectionable Clubs: U.S. Application: It is important for Catholic universities to implement in practical terms their commitment to the essential elements of Catholic identity, including activities of officially recognized student and faculty organizations and associations. n No Coed Dorms: U.S. Application: It is important for Catholic universities to implement in practical terms their commitment to the essential elements of Catholic identity, including the commitment to create a campus culture and environment that is expressive and supportive of a Catholic way of life. n Health Services Okay: U.S. Application: It is important for Catholic universities to implement in practical terms their commitment to the essential elements of Catholic identity, including the commitment to provide health care in conformity with the Church’s ethical and religious teaching and directives.

classmen residence hall provides those students who live there an opportunity to demonstrate the ability to live in an adult community while at the same time upholding themselves and their colleagues to excellence and virtue.

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Benedictine College

School’s Comments: Catholic Board and Faculty: With regard to the board of trustees, the college follows the policy outlined in the apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae of St. John Paul II and the norms contained in “The Application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae for the United States” promulgated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Theologians’ Oath: The mandatum is the proper requirement for undergraduate faculty and institutions, and we require it of all Catholic faculty members in theology. The “Profession of Faith” and “Oath of Fidelity” are more proper for pontifical faculties teaching in seminaries. Coed Dorms: We have six residence halls. Five of the six are single-sex, and only one is coed. It is reserved for upperclassmen, and each floor is divided by men and women. Visitation policies are enforced in this hall, as they are in all of our residential halls. This upper-

1020 N. Second St. Atchison, KS 66002 (913) 367-5340 Benedictine.edu Enrollment: 1,980 The Institution:

3 PRESIDENT’S OATH 3 CATHOLIC BOARD 3 CATHOLIC FACULTY 3 MANDATUM REQUIRED 3 THEOLOGIANS’ OATH Campus Culture:

3 MASS AND CONFESSION 3 SPEAKERS VETTED 3 UNOBJECTIONABLE CLUBS 3 NO COED DORMS 3 HEALTH SERVICES OKAY School’s Comments: Institution: Benedictine College, now the largest private college in Kansas, is a mission-driven school launching

a new generation of Catholic leaders. Since 2012, the college has built five new academic buildings, including a 100,000-square-foot science and engineering building, five new residence halls, four new chapels, a student recreation center and an observatory and has renovated every sports facility and added architecture, graphic design, banking, Great Books, STEM fellows and honors programs. It is rated as the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal and one of the top colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, and it is one of only 20 schools recommended by The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

Campion College Australia 8-14 Austin Woodbury Place Toongabbie NSW Australia 2146 +61 2 9896 9603 Campion.edu.au Enrollment: 90 The Institution:

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Campus Culture:

The Institution:

3 MASS AND CONFESSION 3 SPEAKERS VETTED 3 UNOBJECTIONABLE CLUBS 3* NO COED DORMS 3 HEALTH SERVICES OKAY

3 PRESIDENT’S OATH 3 CATHOLIC BOARD 3 CATHOLIC FACULTY 3 MANDATUM REQUIRED 3 THEOLOGIANS’ OATH

School’s Comments: Institution: The only Catholic liberal arts college in Australia, Campion puts a strong emphasis on cultivating a tightknit community of learning, faith and human flourishing. Located in Western Sydney, Campion offers a uniquely integrated and fully accredited Bachelor of Arts in the liberal arts. Through the study of history, literature, philosophy and theology, studied in tandem in a chronological timeline from antiquity to the present day, Campion students are taught to think critically, argue rationally and develop the creative, analytical and research skills that are foundational in any vocation and increasingly soughtafter in many careers. While many university students feel like just another number in a crowd, at Campion everyone knows your name. Rather than viewing university education as mere job training, Campion strives to embody St. John Henry Newman’s prescription for a university education in forming the entire person: spiritual, intellectual, social and vocational. We have an active college community, which runs numerous social, sporting and chaplaincy societies and events throughout the academic year, including the popular Campion College Annual Ball. A private institution not run by the Church, Campion is grounded in the Catholic faith and exercises faithfulness to Church teaching, helping students live out their faith in all areas of life. Oncampus accommodation is segregated, male and female, across all dorms and residences. Individuals are not permitted to enter rooms of the opposite sex, and access to living spaces is limited. Each residential area is assigned a residential tutor, a senior student of the college who plans social activities and assists students with settling into college life. All residential tutors are under the direct supervision of the senior residential tutor, who is a member of staff.

Campus Culture:

Catholic Distance University 300 South George St. Charles Town, WV 25414 (304) 724-5000 CDU.edu Enrollment: 233 The Institution:

3 PRESIDENT’S OATH 3 CATHOLIC BOARD 3 CATHOLIC FACULTY 3* MANDATUM REQUIRED 3* THEOLOGIANS’ OATH

3 MASS AND CONFESSION 3 SPEAKERS VETTED 3 UNOBJECTIONABLE CLUBS 3 NO COED DORMS 3 HEALTH SERVICES OKAY School’s Comments: Institution: We are a new institution, founded in 2015 as a section of an existing boys’ school. Our intensive two-year program confers a fully accredited European B.A. degree in the liberal arts with French and includes study visits throughout Europe. Our Vatican-awarded two-year M.A. in arts and letters is a low-residency program for researchers, writers and teachers. Coed Dorms: Separate halls of residence are provided for male and female students.

Christendom College CHRISTENDOM COLLEGE

Campus Culture: N/A* MASS AND CONFESSION N/A* SPEAKERS VETTED N/A* UNOBJECTIONABLE CLUBS N/A* NO COED DORMS N/A* HEALTH SERVICES OKAY

School’s Comments: Institution: A pioneer in distance learning, CDU was founded in 1983 as the first catechetical institute in the United States to award the “Catechetical Diploma” and teach the Catholic faith to adults using distance education. CDU offered its first degree program in 1996. Today CDU is a fully online, accredited university offering an A.A. degree in liberal arts with a concentration in Catholic studies, a B.A. in theology degree completion program, and M.A. degrees in theology and theology and educational ministry. Its Graduate School of Theology is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. The university also offers a “Catechetical Diploma” program, several graduate certificates, an undergraduate certificate and continuingeducation certificates and courses. Archbishop Timothy Broglio serves as chancellor of the university, and Marianne Evans Mount, Ph.D., serves as president.

For more information, visit CDU.edu. Mandatum & Theologians’ Oath: Local faculty are administered the mandatum in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. Those residing elsewhere take the mandatum in their home dioceses. Campus Culture: Catholic Distance University is the only fully online university recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society, which promotes and defends faithful Catholic education.

The Catholic University of America 620 Michigan Ave., NE Washington, DC 20064 (202) 319-5000 Catholic.edu Enrollment: 5,366 The Institution:

3 PRESIDENT’S OATH 3 CATHOLIC BOARD 3 CATHOLIC FACULTY 3* MANDATUM REQUIRED 3* THEOLOGIANS’ OATH Campus Culture:

3 MASS AND CONFESSION 3 SPEAKERS VETTED 3 UNOBJECTIONABLE CLUBS *

NO COED DORMS

3 HEALTH SERVICES OKAY

School’s Comments: Mandatum: Catholic theologians must receive a “canonical mission” from the local bishop/chancellor that obliges them to “teach in the name of the Church” — it is different from the mandatum. Theologians’ Oath: The Catholic faculty recite the “Profession of Faith” in the presence of and along with the local bishop/chancellor and president at the opening Mass of each academic year. Catholic faculty have not been required to take the “Oath of Fidelity” because of the canonical mission/ nihil obstat binding the ecclesiastical faculties. Dorms: Beginning fall 2014, all undergraduate students reside in single-sex residence halls. In addition, two halls have religious in residence — one female residence hall with one sister living with female students and one priest living in one of the male halls.

Chavagnes Studium 96 rue du Calvaire, 85250 Chavagnes en Paillers, France +33 2 51 42 39 82 Chavagnes.org/studium/ Enrollment: Due to COVID, will admit new students for the 2022 academic year.

134 Christendom Drive Front Royal, VA 22630-6534 (800) 877-5456 Christendom.edu Enrollment: 493 The Institution:

3 PRESIDENT’S OATH 3 CATHOLIC BOARD 3 CATHOLIC FACULTY 3 MANDATUM REQUIRED 3 THEOLOGIANS’ OATH Campus Culture:

3 MASS AND CONFESSION 3 SPEAKERS VETTED 3 UNOBJECTIONABLE CLUBS 3 NO COED DORMS 3 HEALTH SERVICES OKAY School’s Comments: Institution: Christendom College is a Catholic liberal arts college offering a time-tested and rigorous education that develops the student’s intellect in such a powerful way that he graduates with the ability to master any subject — no matter how complex the vocational calling. Our curriculum and committed faculty are complemented by a culture of unmatched personal attention, helping each student discern and develop his academic and vocational goals. Our students thrive in a supportive and Christ-centered culture dedicated to helping them realize their potential and become the great men and women God has called them to be.

Christendom is not merely a curriculum of courses — it is an organic way of life and culture that helps the whole person mature in wisdom, virtue and ability. Students graduate inspired and empowered to achieve true greatness and become tomorrow’s leaders.

The Collegium 36 S. Potomac St., Suite 203 Hagerstown, MD 21740 (412) 913-2985 The-collegium.org Enrollment: 30 in the first year (2021) The Institution:

3 PRESIDENT’S OATH 3 CATHOLIC BOARD 3 CATHOLIC FACULTY 3* MANDATUM REQUIRED 3 THEOLOGIANS’ OATH Campus Culture:

3 MASS AND CONFESSION 3 SPEAKERS VETTED 3 UNOBJECTIONABLE CLUBS 3 NO COED DORMS 3 HEALTH SERVICES OKAY School’s Comments: Institution: Everyone who works for The Collegium must be a practicing Catholic and must sign the “Oath Against Modernism,” which is a form of the “Oath of Fidelity.” Even though we are committed to the unchanging truths of the Catholic Church, we are not legally affiliated with the Catholic Church. Thus our professors do not have a mandatum. We are the only four-year college specifically dedicated to serving traditional Catholics.

Divine Mercy University 45154 Underwood Lane Sterling, VA 20166 (703) 416-8300
 DivineMercy.edu Enrollment: 615 The Institution:

3 PRESIDENT’S OATH 3 CATHOLIC BOARD 3 CATHOLIC FACULTY 3 MANDATUM REQUIRED 3 THEOLOGIANS’ OATH Campus Culture:

3 MASS AND CONFESSION 3 SPEAKERS VETTED 3 UNOBJECTIONABLE CLUBS N/A NO COED DORMS N/A HEALTH SERVICES OKAY

School’s Comments: Institution: Divine Mercy University (DMU) is a Catholic graduate school of psychology and counseling, founded in 1999 as the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. The university is CONTINUES ON PAGE B6

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We are faithful.

UNIVERSITY OF MARY Faithful. Joyful. Grateful.

We are a Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine community with a rich sacramental life, including daily Mass, adoration, and prayer. We integrate career preparation with solid Catholic teaching in our world-class, top-ranked programs in health care, education, the humanities, and business. And we’ve just opened a new School of Engineering!

We are joyful.

We are dedicated to forming students into joyful, courageous, virtuous leaders through a vibrant campus culture with 18 NCAA D-II teams, 40+ student organizations, and abundant service opportunities.

We are grateful.

We are an innovator in higher education with our Year-Round Campus option, which offers tremendous economic benefits of earning a bachelor’s degree in 2.6 years and a master’s in 4. Because of generous donors who believe in the value of a Catholic education, eligible graduates from Catholic high schools receive free room and board.

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Building Toward Eternal Beauty Benedictine’s Architecture Program Is Rooted in Classical Tradition BY J O S E P H O ’ B R I E N

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ohn Haigh, director of the architecture program at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, doesn’t want his students to build only for today, or even for tomorrow. He wants their work to point to forever. “We’re not going to build Utopia or the heavenly Jerusalem right here and now,” he told the Register, “but our students can use their training to point to the idea that with God there will be an ultimate happiness.” Started in 2016, the four-year preprofessional Bachelor of Arts in Architecture program at Benedictine College has one goal in mind: to build the kind of beauty that will catch the eye and save the world. The program seeks to inculcate its students in three transcendents — truth, goodness and beauty (and with a special emphasis on the last of these) through formal training in the classical architectural tradition coupled with and bolstered by Benedictine’s long-standing commitment to the Great Books of Western civilization offered to students through its liberal arts curriculum. Already, the architecture program has graduated a handful of students, and, according to Haigh, over the past six years, the program has been growing slowly but steadily — along with its reputation. The 2021-2022 school year will be welcoming three seniors, 10 juniors, 13 sophomores and 30 freshmen enrolled in the program. “You can see that the base of the pyramid is starting to grow,” Haigh said. “For us, these numbers are unprecedented.” While Haigh is currently the only architecture professor on staff, Benedictine has already hired an additional faculty member for the coming school year,

DESIGNING FOR GOD. Benedictine College’s classical architecture program builds toward a beautiful future. The Catholic college established the four-year bachelor of arts major in 2016. Courtesy of Benedictine College and professors in the art and engineering department also support the program through classes offered to students as part of Benedictine’s core curriculum. There’s even some talk at the college about providing the program its own building at some time in the future, Haigh said. To add further heft to their program, the school also relies on Denis McNamara, director of Benedictine’s recently founded Center for Beauty and Culture, who helps provide a theological and historical foundation for architecture students. “I’m not officially associated with the department, but I teach courses that are supportive, including ‘Liturgical Art and Architecture’ and ‘Sacramental Aesthetics,’” McNamara told the Register. “I’m also academically a specialist in classical architecture theory and the new classical

movement of the buildings being built today.”

Practical Beauty Benedictine is the latest Catholic school of higher learning to join the small team of Catholic institutions around the country offering formal classical architectural training, including stand-out university programs at the University of Notre Dame and The Catholic University of America. But Benedictine is the only Catholic liberal arts college in the country providing this training. According to Haigh, there’s a reason Catholic institutions are in the vanguard of the classical revival. “Catholics have 2,000 years of teachings at our hands of which we are stewards,” he said. “We are to preserve that by studying our catechism, reading our Scripture, holding fast to our traditions and

passing those on. So, it’s rather natural for us to say the entire scope of architectural history is at our hands.” Benedictine’s liberal arts program encompasses the broad framework of Western thought in its curriculum, drawing from the ancient Greeks to the most recent papal encyclicals. The architecture program plumbs the same depths in its approach to the art of building and design, Haigh said, citing the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius (c. 80-15 B.C.), whose 10-book treatise on architecture is a core text for Benedictine’s architecture students. “In Chapter 1, Book 1, Vitruvius says that architects should have a general knowledge of letters in order to leave a more lasting remembrance in their own work,” he said. “They are to study physics, music, law, medicine, astronomy, writing, drafting,

geometry, lighting, arithmetic, and especially history and philosophy. Our students have access to all that at BC.” Haigh also takes pride in the fact that Benedictine’s architecture students will graduate knowing as much, if not more, about the secrets of the pencil and paint brush as students in programs emphasizing modern technology will know about the latest cutting-edge architectural design software. “Students draft by hand,” he said. “We do everything by hand in the traditional way. We have no illusions that they will not be working with computers for the rest of their lives, but that’s

the point: We have a relatively brief four-year window to help them develop hand-eye coordination, working with materials and art, not learning to be a functioning technician of a software program.” The hands-on approach also promotes the idea that practicing for perfection makes the ideal more real to the students, Haigh said. “When we teach them about the art of architecture, immediately they start seeing the beauty,” he said. “At BC, we get to use the word ‘beauty’; that’s the wonderful thing about our program, which you won’t find in a typical CONTINUES ON PAGE B14


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degrees, the university has an enrollment of approximately 1,350 (as of 2020) students and offers degrees in nursing, health sciences, humanities, and behavioral and natural sciences. Faculty and Board: Board and faculty members are Catholic and non-Catholic. Confession and Coed Dorms: FranU does not offer confession or dorms.

Franciscan University of Steubenville 1235 University Blvd. Steubenville, OH 43952 (740) 283-3771 Franciscan.edu Enrollment: 2,400, or 3,200, including online enrollment The Institution:

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dedicated to the scientific study of psychology with a Catholic understanding of the person, marriage and the family. The university offers a doctoral (Psy.D.) degree in clinical psychology, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in psychology and a Master of Science (M.S.) in counseling. The university is dedicated to the renewal of the Catholic-Christian intellectual tradition and the integration of the theoretical and empirical bases of psychology, professional counseling and related fields, with a Catholic-Christian view of the human person through teaching and learning both knowledge and critical skills. Coed Dorms: DMU is a commuter campus. Health Services: DMU does not provide health services.

Donnelly College 608 North 18th St. Kansas City, KS 66102 (913) 621-8700 Donnelly.edu Enrollment: 350

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School’s Comments: Institution: Donnelly College is a Catholic institution of higher education that seeks to continue the mission of Jesus Christ in our time by making the love of God tangible in our world. Specifically, the mission of Donnelly College is to provide education and community services with personal concern for the needs and abilities of each student, especially those who might not otherwise be served. Mass: Monday-Friday, 12:20pm Confession: Tuesdays, 2-3pm, and Fridays, 11:30am-12:15pm Adoration: Tuesdays, 2-3pm, and Fridays, 11:30am–12:15pm Clubs: Students for Social Justice, Study Abroad Club, Non-Traditional Student Club, Pro-Life Club, Soccer Club, STEM Club, Travel Club

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Baton Rouge, LA 70808 (225) 768-1700 FranU.edu Enrollment: 1,350

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University 5414 Brittany Drive

The Institution:

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School’s Comments: Institution: As a premier Catholic institution in the Southeast, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU) provides dedicated students with a rigorous and formative education that prepares them to be highly skilled professionals, integrated thinkers and faith-filled citizens. The university was founded in 1923 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady (FMOL) and is faithful to its mission grounded in Franciscan values. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to offer doctorate, master’s, bachelor’s and associate

School’s Comments: Oath, Board and Faculty: The president and all members of the Board of Trustees of Franciscan University of Steubenville make a public “Profession of Faith” and take the “Oath of Fidelity” expressing their adherence to the teaching authority of the Catholic Church. In addition to the theology faculty and pastoral ministry personnel, who are required to do so, philosophy, education and sacred music faculty take the “Oath of Fidelity” and make a public “Profession of Faith.” Institution: Franciscan University of Steubenville offers an academically excellent education rooted in passionately Catholic faith formation and the search for truth. Students are not only educated but evangelized and then sent forth as joyful, Spirit-filled disciples of Jesus Christ ready to respond to God’s unique personal call on their lives and meet the challenges of a secular world. Ninety-six percent of students are Catholic, as are 95% of faculty. Students are prepared for a wide range of careers and vocations through more than 90 programs of study, including the newest majors in biochemistry, criminal justice, engineering, software engineering, human development and family studies, Master of Catholic Studies, music ministry (minor) and entrepreneurship (minor, 2022). Special programs include a studyabroad semester in a restored 14th-century Carthusian monastery in Austria, a priestly discernment program, science internships, Leadership Institute, Great Books Honors Program, and mission trips across the U.S. and five countries. Watch “You Belong at Franciscan” via YouTube. Holy Apostles College & Seminary

We promise not only to educate but to set you on a path toward a life full of blessings. You will learn, but you will also seek that which has a value beyond this life. Belmont Abbey College is different, set apart, and focused on that which matters most — a joyful life pushed to its fulfillment by a strong educational and spiritual foundation.

33 Prospect Hill Road Cromwell, CT 06416 (860) 632-3010 HolyApostles.edu Enrollment: 613 The Institution:

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3 MASS AND CONFESSION 3 SPEAKERS VETTED 3 UNOBJECTIONABLE CLUBS 3 NO COED DORMS 3 HEALTH SERVICES OKAY School’s Comments: Institution: “Ultimately, the truth we seek at Holy Apostles is an encounter with Jesus Christ, ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life.’” — Very Rev. Peter S. Kucer, M.S.A., S.T.D., president/rector Holy Apostles College & Seminary offers an authentic and academically excellent Catholic liberal arts education. Rooted in the Thomistic tradition, we provide students with the tools to relentlessly pursue the truth in evangelization, develop a thoroughly Catholic worldview based in faith and reason, and grow

in love to become faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ. Holy Apostles has been cultivating Catholic leaders for evangelization since the 1950s on our quiet and beautiful campus located in Cromwell, Connecticut. Undergraduate, graduate and personal interest programs are available on campus or 100% online. The flexibility of online learning places a faithfully Catholic education within reach of anyone, regardless of where they live, where they work, or the time available to them. The “Take Credit!” dual-enrollment program allows high-school juniors and seniors the opportunity to begin taking college classes early. We also offer a bioethics certification within our Master of Arts in Theology degree in partnership with the National Catholic Bioethics Center. Aspire higher at Holy Apostles!

innovators with academic excellence, unparalleled creativity and an authentic community centered on Jesus Christ. Develop your creative talents in filmmaking, animation, graphic design, illustration, acting, entrepreneurship, marketing, creative writing and more at an authentically Catholic university in Southern California. Our unique academic model prepares students for their careers with a focus on handson projects, mentorship and portfolio preparation, combined with a Catholic liberal arts education in humanities, theology and philosophy. Our programs are structured on a year-round quarter system, and students graduate with their bachelor’s degree in just three calendar years. Health Services: The school does not offer health-care options for students.

ITI Catholic University

Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts

Schlossgasse 21 2521 Trumau, Austria +43 2253 218 08 ITI.ac.at Enrollment: 90

511 Kearsarge Mountain Road Warner, NH 01463 (603) 456-2656 Magdalen.edu Enrollment: 85

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School’s Comments: Institution: Founded at the direct request of Pope St. John Paul II, the ITI is an ecclesiastical theological faculty housed in a 12th-century castle just 20 miles outside of Vienna, Austria. As an international school, classes are conducted in English, and degrees are granted by the Holy See, both in theology and specialized studies on marriage and the family. New is an interdisciplinary three-year bachelor’s in liberal arts. The curriculum includes philosophy, theology, natural science, literature, rhetoric, history, law, and government and economy, as well as music, fine arts and the classical languages. Also offered is a one-year “Studium Generale” program, an affordable way to study abroad and earn college credit. Faithful to the magisterium, ITI brings together students from all over the world. It seeks to be a place of interchange between diverse cultures and a living experience of the universal Church. Since students come from both Roman and Byzantine Rites of the Church, ITI draws on the rich theological traditions of both the East and the West. The ITI strives “to breathe with both lungs of the Church” (Pope St. John Paul II). The Greek Fathers and Thomas Aquinas serve as particularly central points of reference. Mass and Confession: ITI liturgical life provides students with access to both Holy Mass and the Byzantine Divine Liturgy of the Eastern Catholic Churches. Both liturgies are celebrated daily, and priests are available at all times for confession and spiritual direction. Health Services: Health insurance for students is organized differently in Austria and does not involve the school in any way.

John Paul the Great Catholic University 220 W. Grand Ave. Escondido, CA 92025 (858) 653-6740 JPCatholic.edu Enrollment: 275 The Institution:

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School’s Comments: Institution: JPCatholic is the “Catholic University for Creative Arts and Business Innovation.” We’re shaping the next generation of artists and

3 PRESIDENT’S OATH 3 CATHOLIC BOARD 3 CATHOLIC FACULTY 3 MANDATUM REQUIRED 3 THEOLOGIANS’ OATH 3 MASS AND CONFESSION 3 SPEAKERS VETTED 3 UNOBJECTIONABLE CLUBS 3 NO COED DORMS 3 HEALTH SERVICES OKAY School’s Comments: Institution: Imagine yourself waking up in a dorm nestled among the majestic mountains of New Hampshire. A panorama sweeps before your eyes. Valleys and mountain peaks extend for miles beyond the lofty bell tower, iron lampposts, the Marian grotto, and rolling fields that dot the 135-acre New England campus you call home. Soon you’ll be launching out into the deep on a nearby, pristine lake, with your five best friends on the rowing team. Why are you on your way so early? You don’t want to be late for class — Dr. Anthony Esolen’s discussion on Dante always stirs the poetic imagination. Afterwards, as the bell strikes noon, you’ll assist at a beautiful High Mass, singing ancient Gregorian chant while the smell of incense drifts heavenward. This is your first experience singing in a choir, but the joy and unity of raising your voice together with the entire student body has enkindled your faith anew. Lunch with the president follows — the intimate size of the college makes this a regular occurrence — and then you’re off to a class in your major. After some downtime in the student lounge, you’ll rehearse for next week’s Shakespeare performance in the large, indoor gymnasium before crossing campus to your dorm to change into evening attire. Tonight is a swing dance under the stars!  Imagine yourself here in this joyful, transformative college community. This is an education of the whole person. This is Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts.

Maryvale Institute Old Oscott Hill Birmingham, B44 9AG England +44 121 360 8118 Maryvale.ac.uk Enrollment: 750 The Institution:

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School’s Comments: Institution: Maryvale Institute is a distance-learning education institute whose mission is to provide authentic Catholic formation for laypeople and for religious at both the further-education and higher-education levels by offering courses in theology, catechesis and philosophy. It is based in the historic Maryvale House, which has been a center of Catholic faith, worship and spirituality for more than 400 years, CONTINUES ON PAGE B8

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New President of Magdalen College: College Should Be Like Rivendell BY V I R G I N I A A A B R A M

Ryan Messmore became the fifth president of Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts (formerly Northeast Catholic College) in July 2021. Nestled in the mountains of New Hampshire, the small Catholic college features a Great Books program and is recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society and the Register’s annual college guide. Messmore previously served as the president of Australia’s Campion College and worked to promote liberal arts higher education in that country, where it is less familiar than in the United States and Britain. He holds a doctorate in theology from Oxford University, an MPhil from Cambridge University, a master’s in theology from Duke Divinity School, and a B.A. in public policy and religion from Duke University. He shared about his academic background and his hopes for his tenure via email on Aug. 2. Tell me a bit about your background? What led you to academia? I am a triplet, which sparked my interest at a very early age in the doctrine of the Trinity! In fact, this would become the subject of my doctoral studies at Oxford. I first came to love reading and discussing big ideas as an undergraduate at Duke University. This passion propelled me into graduate school, where I studied Christian ethics at Duke Divinity School, systematic theology at Cambridge University, and eventually Trinitarian political theology at Oxford. While in graduate school, my wife and I sensed a call to serve the work of small, Christcentered learning communities, which led me to a career in higher education. When we entered the Catholic Church in 2008, we were drawn to the sort of small, Catho-

NEW LEADER. President Ryan Messmore says Magdalen’s ‘intellectual, spiritual and social fellowship’ is reminiscent of The Lord of the Rings locale. Courtesy of Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts

lic liberal arts colleges that arose as a response to the Church’s call for a New Evangelization. What drew you to Magdalen College? When I first visited Magdalen’s campus, nestled on a New Hampshire mountainside, I thought of Rivendell. In The Lord of the Rings, Rivendell is a beautiful, inspiring place of strategic conversation, music and fellowship before embarking on a challenging mission. Likewise, Magdalen is a place where students immerse themselves in formative intellectual, spiritual and social fellowship in preparation for pursuing life and careers in an antagonistic culture. During my initial visit, I was also struck by the unique humanities program in which all students read the same books at the same time, participate in team-taught classes, and engage in a single, campus-wide conversation. While observing a class, I witnessed faithful scholars like Anthony Esolen bring together literature, history, theology, poetry,

philosophy, music and art into a single, unified course curriculum. I then went to daily Mass and had my spirit lifted heavenward by the beautiful voices of the Magdalen student choir — one of the true distinctives of the college. By the time I had a meal with the students — which Magdalen’s small size makes possible on a regular basis — I knew I wanted to be a part of this special community. What are some of your goals as president? I want to share with more people the power and purpose of this enchanted college because I believe our society desperately needs it. This entails strengthening the bonds with our local community here in New Hampshire as well as increasing our awareness among potential students across the country. I want to be proactive in making the argument for a faithful, Catholic, liberal arts education in a society marked by increasing secularism, pragmatism and moral confusion. Are you looking to grow the college in any way? I want to grow enrollment, but not beyond the ability of the president to know every student by name and to share regular meals with them. This is the approach that Jesus implemented with his disciples: spend several years forming a small group of students in the context of a shared life and then send them out as witnesses to the truth in all corners of the world. So, while we desire to add more members to our collegiate family in the short term, Magdalen will always remain relatively small because we will always remain personal in our approach. Why is a Catholic liberal arts education something that is important to preserve?

For two main reasons: because of who students are and because of what society needs. First, students are not just brains on sticks that need to be filled up with data, and they are more than mere bank accounts with legs that need to acquire money. They are, instead, human persons, made in the image of God, with enormous potential to think, create, work, love and worship. A good education, therefore, needs to develop the whole person, including their spiritual dimension. A Catholic college like Magdalen holds together faith and reason, which are, according to St. John Paul II, “Two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.” Second, our society desperately needs people who can discern propaganda from truth, stand up for what is right, articulate their convictions winsomely, and exercise responsible leadership in their families, churches and cities. A liberal arts education is well-suited for developing such habits. By teaching students to think critically, communicate effectively, and understand the world in which they live, this education liberates students from ignorance and opens for them a broader world of opportunity. As someone who has worked in liberal arts academia on three continents, what do you see as the differences between the English, American and Australian approaches to this style of education? The liberal arts tradition is much more familiar in England and the United States than it is in Australia. Undergraduate education in Australia is heavily ordered to job training, with students specializing in a particular career field immediately after graduating from high school. A decision to study the liberal arts Down Under is therefore often more intentional than in the United States, where attending a four-year

liberal arts college is something that many grow up expecting as a traditional pathway. My graduateschool experience in England consisted of more independent reading and writing, with one-on-one tutorials with professors, whereas my graduate education in the United States consisted of more classes and exams. In part because of my time at Oxford and Cambridge, I’ve tended to favor small-group discussions and written papers as effective modes of liberal arts learning. Who or what are some of your leadership influences (books, saints, mentors)? I have long admired St. John Paul II as a servant leader, both within the Church and on the international stage. He was courageous, humble, thoughtful, faithful, energetic and a great communicator. A book I wrote on love, sex and marriage was heav-

ily indebted to his Theology of the Body. As a scholar who resonated especially with young Catholics and loved skiing, St. John Paul II seems a very fitting co-patron of Magdalen College in New Hampshire! Being a theologian interested in the Trinity, love and political community, I also count as influences St. Augustine in the West and the Cappadocian Fathers in the East. More recently, I’ve been formed by the works of C.S. Lewis, Alasdair MacIntyre and Oliver O’Donovan — I taught a course on Lewis, wrote my dissertation on O’Donovan, and had the privilege of studying under MacIntyre when he taught at Duke. Finally, I have spent much time in prayer with Thomas Aquinas, Edmund Campion, Mary Magdalene and Rublev’s icon of the Holy Trinity. Virginia Aabram is a recent graduate of Hillsdale College.

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Pontifex University

6616 Beechmont Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45230 (513) 231-2223 Athenaeum.edu Enrollment: 200

4465 Northside Drive NW (official office; no physical campus) Atlanta, GA 30327 (302) 572-9044 Pontifex.university Enrollment: 250–300 and growing

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School’s Comments: Institution: In addition to its seminary programs, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary & School of Theology offers certificates and master’s degrees in biblical studies, Catholic studies, pastoral ministry and theology.

Mount St. Mary’s University 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road Emmitsburg, MD 21727 (800) 448-4347 msmary.edu Enrollment: 2,561 total (2,072 undergraduates) The Institution:

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School’s Comments: Mandatum: Our bishop has indicated that he approves of our theologians teaching theology, is confident that they teach with the mind of the Church and wishes them to continue doing so; and we are working to give this a formal embodiment in the Canadian context.

Mount St. Mary’s Seminary & School of Theology

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OUR LADY SEAT OF WISDOM COLLEGE

sity is dedicated to liberal learning in the pursuit of truth. Mindful of our role in the Catholic Church’s mission to the world and welcoming to all, regardless of religious background, we affirm the values and beliefs central to the Catholic vision of the person and society and seek to deepen understanding of our faith and its practice in just and compassionate engagement with the world. Our campus environment — with a beautiful, natural setting, historic architecture and active student life — lifts the spirit and cradles the heart. We graduate ethical leaders who are inspired by a passion for learning and lead lives of significance in service to God and others. President’s Oath: President Tim Trainor made the public “Profession of Faith” and took the “Oath of Fidelity” at his inauguration Oct. 23, 2017. Coed Dorms: In reference to our residence halls, students are divided by secured floors, with women on one floor and men on another — or they

are in separate, private apartments. Additionally, we enforce a strong visitation policy wherein students and guests are not allowed on opposite gender’s floors after midnight on weekdays and after 2am on weekends. This policy allows the Mount to successfully develop students capable of living in an adult community while practicing the highest moral standards.

Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College P.O. Box 249 18 Karol Wojtyla Sq. Barry’s Bay, Ontario K0J 1B0 Canada (613) 756-3082 SeatofWisdom.ca Enrollment: 80 The Institution:

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School’s Comments: Institution: Online graduate programs are available for credit or audit, for Master of Sacred Arts, Master of Sacred Arts in the theology of the body (in partnership with Christopher West and the Theology of the Body Institute); theology doctorate and master’s in theological studies; Master of Education in Catholic school administration and education doctorate in Catholic education. Pontifex University is almost 100% online; we have institutional partners who offer residential workshops, e.g., the Theology of the Body Institute, but our operations are all online.

Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America 620 Michigan Ave., NE, McGivney Hall Washington, DC 20064 (202) 526-3799 JohnPaulII.edu Enrollment: approximately 74 The Institution: N/A PRESIDENT’S OATH

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School’s Comments: President’s Oath, Mandatum, Theologians’ Oath: The institute is a graduate, theological, pontifical institute (not a university) founded by Pope John Paul II. With its central mission/goal of providing a comprehensive understanding of marriage and family that is faithful to the teaching of Catholic magisterial tradition, any institute faculty member is such only because he or she upholds this and has an expertise in the subject matter taught. All of the institute’s professors have received approval from the local bishop and the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education. Mass and Confession: An institute Mass is celebrated weekly; the adjacent Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception also offers Masses and confession daily. Health Services: We offer a student health-insurance plan but no health services (i.e., a student clinic).

Pontifical College Josephinum 7625 North High Street Columbus, Ohio 43235 (614) 885-5585 PCJ.edu Enrollment: 57 The Institution:

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School’s Comments: From the Seminary: “The priests on the faculty of the Pontifical College Josephinum bring to this seminary an integrated vision of priestly formation that understands the pastoral realities of our current times and prepares seminarians to serve people immersed in a postmodern world. We take seriously our role in forming men who will one day serve God and his people as generous and holy priests — men with good hearts who want to be saints and

who want to help others to become saints,” says Very Reverend Steven P. Beseau, STD, rector/president. As a national seminary not staffed by a particular religious order or diocese, the Josephinum welcomes seminarians from dioceses across the country. Since its founding in 1888, more than 1,900 priests have received their formation at the Josephinum, the only seminary in the United States that has the honor of pontifical status. Seminarians in our College of Liberal Arts are challenged with a fully-integrated seminary formation program. College faculty follow the “Program of Priestly Formation,” offering seminarians philosophical training according to the mind of the Church. The college provides a strong humanities program and a rigorous philosophical curriculum that exceeds most American seminaries’ credit expectations. All four dimensions of priestly formation are integrated and unified in a seamless, consistent manner at the college level. The Josephinum provides a twoyear pre-theology program in which seminarians earn either a bachelor of philosophy degree or a completion certificate, thus preparing them to enter a graduate theology program. An undergraduate pre-theology program meets the needs of men who have been out of secondary school for some time and who have limited or no college education. In addition to Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology degrees, seminarians in the School of Theology may earn a baccalaureate in sacred theology degree through our affiliation with the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome. The Josephinum was one of the first seminaries in the United States to develop a Hispanic Ministry Program that prepares seminarians for ministry in the Latino community. Native English-speaking theologians are prepared to engage in ministry in Hispanic communities immediately after ordination. The Josephinum’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry Certification Program provides seminarians with the knowledge and tools they will need to enter the vital work of evangelization and catechesis of youth and emerging young adults. The Josephinum’s beautiful 75-acre campus provides an environment conducive to prayer, study, community and discernment. In addition to classrooms, offices and residence halls, it is home to four chapels, a gymnasium and full-size basketball court, weight training and cardiovascular exercise facilities, a swimming pool, athletic fields, two auditoriums, social gathering spaces, a cemetery, outdoor Stations of the Cross, the Jessing Conference Center and the A.T. Wehrle Memorial Library.

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“When the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration asked me to become President of the University of Saint Francis, they set a critical goal for the university to become more consciously Catholic. We have a strong university on a beautiful campus, but we need more Catholic students. I’ve created the Catholic Foundation Scholarship Fund to invigorate our Catholic foundation.” REV. DR. ERIC ALBERT ZIMMER, USF PRESIDENT

USF’s commitment to its Catholic identity includes: • Celebrating Daily Mass with Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction • Offering the new free-standing St. Francis Chapel for prayer and respite • Providing sacred time, with no classes or scheduled meetings, for prayer and Mass each midday • Supporting spiritual growth with a full-time residential chaplain • Providing single-sex residence halls • Hiring for mission • Offering a variety of Catholic retreats at our own dedicated retreat house • Increasing and expanding Catholic-targeted scholarships

Catholic Foundation Scholarships awarded to students: • • • •

Seeking a higher education at a university dedicated to its Catholic nature Receiving endorsement from their parish priest Demonstrating a desire to explore and deepen their Catholic faith Incorporating Franciscan values into their lives and careers

“Many dedicated Catholics express dismay seeing traditional

Catholic universities becoming increasingly indistinguishable from secular institutions over the last 50 years. We don’t

want to see that happen at the University of Saint Francis.

Please consider helping us bolster our Catholic identity by giving to the Catholic Foundation Scholarship Fund.”

REV. DR. ERIC ALBERT ZIMMER, USF PRESIDENT

GIVE TODAY TO THE CATHOLIC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND ONLINE BY MAIL For more information: 260-399-8034 | ggrim@sf.edu

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ith many institutes of higher learning taking a hit following a year of lockdowns, restrictions and economic uncertainty, some Catholic colleges and universities find themselves thriving, challenging national trends with record-breaking enrollments for the 2021-2022 academic year. The University of Dallas, Ave Maria University, Christendom College and Thomas Aquinas College are among the Catholic institutes of higher learning to report incoming classes as being substantially higher than any previous class. These trends in fall-semester enrollments among Catholic institutions are in contrast to reports at the national level from earlier this year. Colleges and universities nationwide saw a 3.5% decline this past spring, as compared to the year before, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, with undergraduate enrollments taking a significant hit. Numbers for the fall 2021 semester enrollments at the national level have yet to be reported. A common thread among the Catholic institutes that are reporting unprecedented growth is a similar response to the COVID-19 pandemic and their commitment to maintaining in-person classes for their student body. “I think that our approach to the whole COVID complexity was a factor here,” Jonathan Sanford, president of University of Dallas, told the Register. Throughout the pandemic, classes were predominantly in-person — in contrast to many universities with online offerings — and prospective students continued to be welcomed to tour the campus. Around 500 firsttime students enrolled at UD this year, beating the college’s previous record by nearly 100. “It’s definitely related in part to the fact that we’ve stayed open,” Sanford said. University of Dallas also set itself apart by being one of a very small number of institutes to continue its semester-in-Rome program through the pandemic — along with Christendom College — despite strong restrictions on both sides of the Atlantic. The decision to move forward with the Rome program “was a considered choice,” Sanford said, admitting, “We didn’t know exactly what that would look like. It took some institutional courage.” Students attending the Rome program were subject to Italy’s quarantine and COVID-testing requirements, and various historic sites were closed due to the pandemic. Nonetheless, students had positive feedback about the experience. “I’m really just impressed with the way in which the dean there happily handled and responded in a really creative way,” Sanford said. “It was a different Rome semester than we’ve had in other years. We couldn’t go to Greece, for instance. But we found valuable visits for the students.” Likewise, Christendom cites its COVID response as a significant factor in attracting incoming students. “The response to COVID for many families was the real draw,” namely, “that commitment to inperson education and the on-cam-

pus experience,” said Sam Phillips, director of admissions at Christendom College, in an interview with the Register. Christendom’s COVID response has involved having a nurse on staff and making accommodations for students who needed to quarantine, as well as for professors with underlying health conditions that put them at risk. Alongside these safety precautions, the college has maintained inperson classes throughout the pandemic, leaving it up to individual professors to enforce mask-wearing in their classrooms. The college also does not require vaccinations. In addition, Christendom has remained open for campus visits to prospective students — both during the academic year and for the highschool summer program — which encouraged visits from families who otherwise hadn’t considered the college and who ended up enrolling. “They fell in love with the student body. They saw the joy of the culture here and Catholicity,” Phillips said. After having initially provided online support, Ave Maria University was also able to maintain an inperson class experience through the 2020-2021 academic year, thanks in part to its remote location in Florida. This fall, the university saw an increase in enrollment that was 35% higher than the previous five-year average. “Ave Maria University is kind of uniquely positioned. It’s a little bit of a barrier between us and the rest of the world,” said Kevin Murphy, vice president for marketing and communications for AMU. “The growing population here in town is maybe 10,000. We were kind of somewhat set off from a lot of the repercussions from COVID.” “We were in person with our classes all of last year,” Murphy explained. “Not only did we offer it through the whole year, but we never went to online-only classes. There were a lot of circumstances that we had to kind of manage through, but I think we did a great job. And, by the grace of God, we didn’t have a large outbreak.” While not record breaking, other Catholic institutions experienced a boost in enrollment. Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, which has long included an online component to its curriculum, saw an increase as well, boasting its second-largest incoming class in history and marking its largest number of returning students, a representative of the university told the Register. Another factor for new students entering college and university in 2021 is that they do so following a

year of social and political uncertainty and unrest, an experience that has not escaped administrators at Catholic institutions. “This is something in the culture that is sparking this kind of kickback,” said Murphy. “When you’re presented with the fullness of truth, which I think only happens at an authentic Catholic university, they recognize it, and they gravitate toward it.” Likewise, Thomas Aquinas College has also observed a draw from students toward a program steeped in Catholic culture and academic integrity. “It is appealing to the college’s students that our academic program not only predates current tensions, but transcends them,” said Chris Weinkopf, director of communications for Thomas Aquinas. Between its long-established campus in California and its newer campus in Massachusetts, Thomas Aquinas College joins the list of institutions with record numbers, with 500 students enrolled. Like University of Dallas, Christendom and Ave Maria University, Thomas Aquinas College has maintained inperson classes, while keeping up with local health directives. “The Church’s rich intellectual tradition offers a solid foundation, morally, intellectually and spiritually, which is always compelling, but especially during troubled times,” Weinkopf told the Register. As for Christendom, Phillips said with regard to the cultural climate, “it’s so great to have a place that’s offering normalcy and an oasis of sanity in this world, both in terms of response to anxieties in the world, but also in terms of moral and philosophical presentations.” The ultimate draw for students, University of Dallas’ Sanford said, is “a craving for, ultimately, friendship” — with peers, professors, and staff — and friendship “with truth and the God who is the source of all truth.” As Michael West, affiliate assistant professor of English, said: “UD is a true oasis: It’s a place where study and prayer are distinct but are both treated with the utmost seriousness, where we ask hard questions of each other and where we draw on the insights of both Catholics and of nonChristians, ancients and moderns.” Freshman Catherine Brecount, 18, from Cincinnati, concurs. “I chose UD because it provided the kind of liberal arts education that I was longing for. ... I felt confident that a UD education could shape me into a wiser, more authentic, and more virtuous woman. The culture at UD allows space to ponder life’s deepest questions.” Ann Schneible writes from Front Royal, Virginia.


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Sacred Heart Seminary & School of Theology

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201 Seminary Ave. Yonkers, NY 10704 (914) 968-6200 Dunwoodie.edu Enrollment: 270

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School’s Comments: Institution: In addition to providing sound formation of religious and diocesan seminarians, Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology offers Master of Arts programs with a concentration in spirituality, Scripture or theology for seminarians, priests and laity. We also offer English and culture studies, accent modification, Hispanic studies, an annual Holy Land archeological expedition and interfaith dialogue through our Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies. Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology is an apostolate of the Priests of the Sacred Heart.

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Saint Vincent College 300 Fraser Purchase Road Latrobe, PA 15650 (724) 532-6600 StVincent.edu Enrollment: 1,739 The Institution: N/A PRESIDENT’S OATH

School’s Comments: Institution: For 175 years, Saint Vincent College has been steadfast in its mission to provide students with an education that prepares them for success in their careers and to lead lives of purpose and meaning by serving the communities and the world in which they — and we — live. At the heart of a liberal arts and sciences education is the dialogue between student and teacher; learner and scholar; among learners who are discerning the wisdom and knowledge of their discipline and of life; and an emphasis on how to think, not what to think. In his holy Rule, St. Benedict prioritizes hospitality. When the person is welcomed with hospitality, the stranger becomes a friend. At Saint Vincent, our rigorous majors and challenging core engage our students with topics and ideas with which they may be unfamiliar. The “hospitality of the mind” encourages students to entertain new ideas in this academic community and make these ideas friends. Embracing this concept of hospitality of the mind uniquely prepares graduates for the world after college where a combination of technical and people skills is required. Regardless of career, there will always be a need for strong analytical and research skills, the ability to distill and communicate new information, and the willingness to embrace innovation and technology that moves the world forward. This also teaches all of us to learn more about that which we do not know so that we may become stronger friends, colleagues, family members and contributors to our world. In 1854, our founder, Boniface Wimmer, wrote: “To those who knock, the door is opened.” We continue to move forward in this manner. When we are together to live, learn, worship, play, compete and grow, our community thrives. We invite our students to seize this opportunity for transformation — academic, spiritual and/or social — and appreciate the role of a liberal arts education with lifelong value. Watch “At SVC, We Succeed ... Together” via YouTube. President’s Oath: The president is a Benedictine priest. Dorms: Students are segregated by floor or wing requiring card access, and visitation policies are strictly enforced.

100 E. Wynnewood Road Wynnewood, PA 19096 (610) 785-6287 SCS.edu/school-theological-studies Enrollment: 80 (150 in seminary)

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School’s Comments: Institution: The graduate school offers a Master of Arts in Theology that includes a robust program for laypeople and men in the School of Diaconate Formation. The Institute for Christian Formation is a two-year spiritual formation program offering a completion credential for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In addition, online catechetical classes in English and Spanish run for four weeks at a time on a scheduled rotation. The School of Theological Studies also provides a summer program for many religious sisters seeking a Master of Arts in Theology. Mandatum: Theology professors (undergraduate and graduate) take the “Oath of Fidelity” and make the “Profession of Faith” publicly before the archbishop and receive the mandatum.

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Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

Thomas Aquinas College 10,000 N. Ojai Road Santa Paula, CA 93060 (805) 525-4417 & 231 Main Street Northfield, MA 01360 (800) 634-9797 ThomasAquinas.edu Enrollment: 500 (California: 351, New England: 149) The Institution:

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School’s Comments: Institution: Though Thomas Aquinas College opened its doors 20 years prior to the promulgation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, its founding document foreshadowed in many ways Pope St. John Paul II’s directives to Catholic universities and colleges. Our mission is to provide a genuinely Catholic liberal education under the light of the teaching Church and according to the doctrine and method of the universal doctor of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas. The college has two campuses — one in California and the other in New England — and offers on both campuses one integrated curriculum that spans the major disciplines and employs the Great Books and the discussion method in its classes. Graduates go on to a wide variety of pursuits: law, medicine, education, journalism, public policy, military service, business, technology, and the priesthood and religious life. Mass and Confession: During the week, Mass is offered four times daily, while two Masses are offered on Saturdays and three on Sundays. Confessions are heard before and after each of these Masses. The first Mass of the day is said in the extraordinary form; all others are offered in the ordinary form, in English and Latin. Coed Dorms: The college has only single-sex dorms, and visitation by the opposite sex is prohibited at all times.

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School’s Comments: Institution: Thomas More College was founded in 1978 by a group of Catholic laymen in order to resist the increasing secularization and liberalization of American higher education. Their mission was simple — to create a college whose members were dedicated to seeking wisdom and sharing it joyfully with the world. Located in southern New Hampshire, Thomas More College continues to pursue this mission by offering its

students a truly Catholic education in the liberal arts, humane letters, and the disciplines of philosophy and theology. The college offers one integrated curriculum for all its students marked by an emphasis on classroom discussion and by studying exclusively the Great Books. The collegiate life at Thomas More is unique. Intentionally small, Thomas More offers students an intimate and authentic community united in the quest for what is true, good and beautiful. Every student spends the second semester of sophomore year studying in Rome. By traversing catacombs and cloisters, piazzas and palazzos, our students experience the heart of the Christian West. For more than 40 years, Thomas More College has consistently graduated students who seek wisdom, speak eloquently and are prepared to engage the secular world with keen minds and hearts dedicated to the truth of the faith. CONTINUES ON PAGE B13

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School’s Comments: Faculty: The university does not have those statistics. Dorms: Our one coed residence hall is segregated by wing and floor. Members of the opposite sex do not have keycard access to each other’s wings.

University of Mary 7500 University Drive Bismarck, ND 58504 (800) 288-6279 (MARY) UMary.edu Enrollment: Main campus: 2,137; overall enrollment, 2020-21: 3,789 The Institution:

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University of St. Thomas 3800 Montrose Blvd. Houston, TX 77006 (713) 525-3500 StThom.edu/catholic Enrollment: 3,314 The Institution:

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School’s Comments: Institution: Founded in 1947 by the Basilian Fathers, the University of St. Thomas embodies the principles of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, committed to the religious ethical and intellectual traditions of Catholic higher education. UST is one of the U.S. Catholic colleges and universities recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society. Dorms: The university maintains living areas for undergraduate students. These include dormitory/residence rooms, co-ops and apartments. There is only one dorm, but men and women are separated by floors and by wings. Health Services: UST partners with the world-renowned Texas Medical Center for health services. Students have access to a medical clinic at a convenient location within 2 miles of campus, with free transportation provided. Additionally, students receive free wellness services on campus.

Walsh University 2020 E. Maple St. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (800) 362-9846 Walsh.edu Enrollment: Nearly 2,700

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School’s Comments: Institution: Wyoming Catholic College forms students through a rigorous immersion in the primary sources of the classical liberal arts tradition, the grandeur of the mountain wilderness, and the spiritual heritage of the Catholic Church. Grounded in real experience and thoughtful reflection, our graduates love truth, think clearly and communicate eloquently, engaging with the world as it is. Health Services: We do not offer student health services. The employee health plan that we offer to our faculty and staff is in keeping with the Catholic Church’s teachings and therefore does not include abortion, contraception or any other illicit procedures. — This guide was overseen by Register administrative assistant Emily Isaminger.

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architecture or design school. We talk about whether something is beautiful or not and use that as a criterion.”

Foundations The college’s architecture program began as a conversation between Benedictine’s president, Steven Minnis, and Duncan Stroik, architect and professor of architecture at Notre Dame’s School of Architecture. “One of the things about classical architecture is that it is intended for the broad public, to make the world a more beautiful place,” Stroik told the Register. “There is great support for classical buildings amongst the population, in spite of 100 years of modernism.” For this reason, Stroik said, he saw the benefits of increasing the number of schools teaching classical architecture. President Minnis, he said, “seemed passionate about his campus and about the built environment, so I reached out to him. To my happy surprise, he was interested, and we talked about the pros and cons of a college having an architecture school and the challenges in starting a new curriculum.” According to Minnis, he enthusiastically received Stroik’s proposal because he saw it as a perfect fit with the school’s overall mission. “BC’s vision is to transform culture in America,” he said. “We believe that culture can be transformed through our three-part mission of instilling a sense of community in an age of loneliness and polarization — faith in an age of hopelessness and incivility — and scholarship in a no-truth era, where we’re information-rich but analysis-poor.” “Everything we do is based on this mission,” he added. “In embracing a classical or traditional approach to architecture, getting to the foundation of beauty will in part transform culture.”

ONE OF A KIND. Benedictine is the only Catholic liberal arts college in the country providing this training. Courtesy of Benedictine College

According to Haigh, Benedictine’s four-year program in architectural training is one year shy of the requirements for professional architectural licensing, but that doesn’t pose a problem for students, most of whom will likely go on to further their studies either through master’s programs such as the one offered at Notre Dame or in the professional field. (Regarding job prospects for architecture graduates, Haigh cited the enthusiastic praise of several firms around the country who have hired Benedictine graduates.)

Lessons Learned “The four-year cycle seems to be more natural and make more sense to students attending college,” Haigh added.

“ARCHITECTURE IS A WAY TO BRING BEAUTY INTO THE WORLD IN A UNIQUE WAY.” — NATALIE HEYDA, BENEDICTINE COLLEGE GRADUATE

Last year’s sole graduate of the architecture program at Benedictine, Natalie Heyda, works as an architectural intern for Sommer Design Studios in Newport News, Virginia. According to Heyda, because both her parents were trained as architects — and her father owns his own firm — she knew early on, “since I was 9,” that she was going to study architecture in college.

The classical approach that Benedictine offers, Heyda said, “is so important today because it shows explicitly how beauty meets practicality.” But the program also provides the means by which to evangelize the world through beauty, she added. “Architecture is a way to bring beauty into the world in a unique way,” Heyda said. “Benedictine really emphasized this link between architecture and what is true, good and beautiful, and I’m bringing that mindset into the world with me.

And as in any work I do, I strive to do it for God’s glory.” A graduate of the first class in Benedictine’s architecture program, Margaret Jones of Jefferson City, Missouri, also knew she wanted to study architecture in college. “I was initially drawn to it as a kid because I saw it as a combination of my two favorite subjects in school: math and art,” she said. “I loved the idea of having a career that allowed me to be both creative and analytical all at once.” Today, Jones continues her studies at Notre Dame’s School of

Architecture and hopes to graduate with a master’s in architecture in 2022. “Because of my classical background at BC,” she said, “I found my first year at ND to be an easy and natural transition, which allowed me to dive even further into my studies.” Looking back at her time at Benedictine, Jones said, the architecture program taught her to see her chosen field of study as a sacred undertaking. “Since I was able to specifically study sacred architecture while at BC, I was struck at how church architecture provides order to the fallen world and mirrors the ordered perfection of heaven,” she said. “I think in learning these lessons, I began to view practicing architecture as a way to show people true beauty and, in that, a glimpse of God himself.” Joseph O’Brien writes from Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin.