The Catholic University of America

July 8, 2011

CUA Launches Website Dedicated to 125,000 Hours of Service

In celebration of its 125th anniversary, Catholic University has launched a website for its challenge to the University community to complete 125,000 hours of service by April 10, 2012.

The service initiative, titled the Cardinal Service Commitment, is part of the University’s celebration of its founding in 1887. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are encouraged to visit the website to log in hours of service they have completed since May 15, 2011, the official start date for the service commitment.

The website lists the number of hours that have already been completed by the University community, service opportunities, and guidelines for what constitutes service.

“This commitment will unite our alumni, students, faculty, and staff in acts of service that bear witness to the Catholic faith that is central to our identity,” says University President John Garvey. “I think it also will make a strong statement about who we are as a University community.”

Beginning in the fall, the University will host a series of events and service projects to celebrate its 125th anniversary. Although events will continue into fall 2012, the service commitment will culminate on April 10, 2012, Founders Day. That day will mark 125 years since Pope Leo XIII sent a letter to Cardinal James Gibbons, archbishop of Baltimore, giving his formal approval for the founding of The Catholic University of America. (For a brief history of the University, click here.)




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