December 30, 2016
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
The Catholic University of America, founded in 1887 by the U.S. Catholic bishops with the support of Pope Leo XIII, is the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States. Established as a graduate research center, the university began offering undergraduate education in 1904 and today is home to 12 schools and 21 research facilities. Catholic University is the only American university with ecclesiastical faculties granting canonical degrees in three disciplines (canon law, philosophy, and theology). As such, it has a special responsibility to educate future leaders for our Church and our nations. In a very tangible way, The Catholic University of America belongs to all of us in the Church, regardless of where we live.
All of the funds received through this collection underwrite the financial aid program at the university. Simply put, your contributions directly benefit students at CUA from all over the country by funding scholarships for those who would not otherwise be able to attend. Through the parish scholarship program, nearly 500 Catholic parishes have had the opportunity to nominate 1,500 academically qualified annual students for scholarships which were valued at $4.5 million last year. Catholic University also trains leaders in the Church, including graduate degrees for seminarians sponsored by nearly 195 Catholic dioceses in the U.S.
Students at Catholic University receive personalized attention in a wide range of programs, combining an excellent liberal arts curriculum with courses in their major fields of study. Grounded in the philosophy of the Catholic intellectual tradition, these students are well prepared for success in life and ready to make a difference in today’s world.
I encourage you to be generous in the special collection for The Catholic University of America, to be taken at the Lord’s Day Masses in all the parishes throughout the Diocese of Worcester, next weekend, January 7 and 8.
With prayerful best wishes, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. McManus
Bishop of Worcester
(Please read or print this letter in the parish bulletin on the weekend of Jan. 1 and take the offering for The Catholic University of America at all Masses on the weekend of January 8.)