[CUA Office of Public Affairs]

August 30, 2002


One Hundred Years of National Support!

A Message from the President


This year The Catholic University of America celebrates the centennial of the Annual Diocesan Collection. Since 1903, the Catholic bishops in the United States have taken up a collection in support of educational programs at The Catholic University of America for more than 84,000 alumni/ae, including 21,000 priests and religious. This is a wonderful testament to the commitment of Catholics nationally to participate in the future of our Church.


This year the national collection will be taken up in most dioceses during the Sunday masses on Sept. 1 and 8.


On the occasion of this centennial collection, I would like to take the opportunity to express my gratitude to Catholic parishioners across the country for your generosity and to ask for your continued support. As the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, we have a special responsibility to educate future leaders for the Church and for the nation. Your support is vital to our ability to fulfill this unique mission.


I take quite seriously the unique role Catholic University has in higher education. There are many other Catholic colleges throughout the country doing an outstanding job of educating students in a spirit of faith. To merit your continued support, we at Catholic University must differentiate our programs through meritorious research, distinguished scholarship and service – striving for exemplary representation of the values and teachings of the Church in all we do.


We look forward to serving both your diocese and your parish more fully in the year to come through our research, teaching, learning and service. For example, more than 1,100 high school seniors from parishes across the country who were admitted to Catholic University for fall 2002 were offered a guaranteed and annually renewable $3,000 Parish Scholarship. Your generous support of Catholic University allows us to make this scholarship program possible and helps students who would not otherwise be able to attend Catholic University.


If you have any questions about the diocesan collection, please direct them to Maureen Macaleer, associate director for Catholic mission and programs, 202-319-6908, e-mail: macaleer@cua.edu.


I thank you in advance for your participation in educating outstanding students for service to the Church and our nation. May God bless you and may God bless America!


Faithfully yours in Christ,



Very Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M.





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