Catholics from the Diocese of Trenton have joined with faithful nationwide to provide valuable financial support to the students attending The Catholic University of America, Washington. Funds that were collected at Masses in September 2015, have been added to contributions from dioceses across the country to aid those clergy, religious and lay undergraduate and graduate students seeking a Catholic education.
In a March 8 letter from CUA president John Garvey to Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., who served as CUA’s president from 1998-2010, Garvey expressed his appreciation for the $121,642 of support received from the Trenton Diocese.
“Each diocesan contribution to the National Collection concretely demonstrates the Body of Christ at work in the world. [It] will be used to help support … students from your diocese making their education at Catholic University possible,” Garvey wrote. “In combination with institutional resources and scholarship awards, the 2015 National Collection enabled the University to award financial aid to 80 percent of our undergraduate students.”
A report issued by CUA shows 202 students from the four counties of the Trenton Diocese are enrolled in the school; 87 percent of them, or 175, receive financial aid for their room and board and general tuition needs. The total combined student support totals $3,156,969.
“In all of American history, a pope has visited a university campus on only four occasions. Three of those visits – St. John Paul II in 1979, Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 and Pope Francis in 2015 - were to our campus,” Garvey continued. “This unprecedented record is a powerful reminder of Catholic University’s unique relationship to the Holy See, as it informs our identity and guides our work.”
The Catholic University of America is the only U.S. university with pontifical faculties; students from all 50 states and almost 100 countries are enrolled in its 12 schools. The founding bishops of the Washington institution made the commitment to offer scholarships to worthy students at its foundation in 1887. CUA provides a Catholic education to clergy, religious and lay men and women in both undergraduate and doctoral academic programs.
Garvey concluded the letter, “As St. John Paul II reminded us almost 36 years ago when he visited our campus, ‘the responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of the University rests primarily with us.’ We appreciate the Diocese of Trenton’s dedicated partnership and, again, offer our thanks for your generous contribution.”[[In-content Ad]]