On Oct. 12, Catholic University took a decisive step to bolster its education-abroad program in Rome. Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president, signed an agreement to lease office and classroom space there for three years (renewable for another three years) from St. John’s University, a New York-based university run by the Vincentian order. In the presence of two cardinals and several senior CUA administrators, Father O’Connell and Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M., president of St. John’s, signed the lease agreement and Father Harrington blessed and dedicated the newly renovated St. John’s University Rome Center. In addition to a classroom and a large office reserved for CUA’s use, Catholic University undergraduates will have access to a library, computer lab, lounge, chapel and, eventually, residence space in the building. Last year approximately 40 CUA students spent a semester in Rome. The goal is to double that number next year.
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