The Catholic University of America

Nov. 21, 2014

Events to Usher in Christmas Season

  Live Nativity

Catholic University will celebrate the Christmas season with events that take place over the course of the next month. Unless otherwise noted, events will occur on campus.

Thanksgiving with Father Jude
On Thursday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m., Rev. Jude DeAngelo, O.F.M. Conv., University chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, will host a free meal for students on campus for Thanksgiving. Dinner will be served in Curley Hall, Vincent P. Walter Jr. Board Room. Registration is required by Tuesday, Nov. 25. For more information or to register, visit

CUA Wind Ensemble Concert
On Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m., the ensemble will perform in Hartke Theatre. John Mitchell and Michael Smith, conductors. For more information, visit

“Light the Season” Tree Lighting Ceremony and Greccio
On Friday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m., the Office of the President, Campus Ministry, and the Office of Campus Activities present the University Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, with Greccio (live Nativity), caroling, and a reception to follow. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Atrium. For more information, email

Annual Christmas Concert for Charity
On Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m., the 25th annual Christmas Concert for Charity will take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Great Upper Church. The concert will feature the CUA Chamber Choir, University Singers, University Chorus, and the CUA Symphony Orchestra with conductor Leo Nestor, Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music, director of choral studies, and director of the Institute of Sacred Music. Jeff Cortazzo, a CUA graduate student in musical composition, has written the opening work.

A freewill offering will be taken at intermission. Proceeds from the concert benefit Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation, based in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

CUA Women’s Christmas Choral Concert
On Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., the chorus will perform its annual concert in St. Vincent De Paul Chapel. Kevin O’Brien, conductor. For more information, visit



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