The Catholic University of America


WHAT: CUA to Celebrate Founders Day and Culmination of Service Commitment
Community Contributes More Than 127,000 Hours of Service in D.C.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 10
WHERE: Founders Day Mass at 12:10 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Crypt Church
400 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.

Anniversary Celebration at 4 p.m.
The Catholic University of America
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, West Lawn
(In case of inclement weather, the third floor of the Pryzbyla Center)
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.

DETAILS: In response to a call last summer by University President John Garvey, Catholic University faculty, staff, students, trustees, and alumni have been logging hours of community service as part of the Cardinal Service Commitment — a challenge to complete 125,000 hours of service in celebration of the University’s 125th Anniversary.

The University achieved that goal in January, and this week announced that within the city of Washington, D.C., alone, it has already performed 127,261 hours of service. Hours will be tracked until April 10 and the total number of hours recorded will be announced at the Anniversary Celebration.

Some of the efforts are longstanding service traditions at CUA, such as homeless food runs and service at SOME (So Others Might Eat), and the Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence. But new initiatives have also emerged during the anniversary year, including a knitting and crocheting group that spent more than 1,200 hours producing scores of hats and scarves for the homeless and baby blankets and hats for the Christ Child Society.

Students and alumni also offered their expertise as service. Students from the Columbus School of law’s legal clinic provided 24,944 hours of legal services.

On Tuesday, April 10, the community will celebrate Founders Day, the official beginning of CUA’s history as the national university of the Catholic Church in America. The celebration will begin with a Mass in the Basilica. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington and chancellor of the University, will be the principal celebrant and homilist for the Mass. Other bishops who are members of the University’s Board of Trustees are expected to concelebrate.

At 4 p.m., the University will celebrate the anniversary and the culmination of the Cardinal Service Commitment outside the Pryzbyla Center. At this ceremony, Catholic University will announce the total number of hours of service performed and service leaders within the University community will be recognized.

MEDIA: Members of the media who wish to attend these events or who would like to cover the University’s 125th anniversary can contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600 or



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