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125th Anniversary Video Highlights


The Catholic University of America 125th Anniversary Video

The story of America's national Catholic university from its founding through the celebration of its 125th anniversary is summed up in the steadfast purpose to be of service to Church and nation. Click the image below to watch the video.

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Founders Day Speech by President John Garvey

The 15th president of The Catholic University of America marked the occasion of the University's 125th anniversary with a speech at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. (See transcript.)

President Garvey's Post-Communion Remarks at Founders Day Mass

John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America introduced the winners of the 125th Anniversary Cardinal Service Commitment after Communion at the Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving on April 10, 2012. (See story.)


Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl's Homily at Founders Day Mass

The archbishop of Washington and chancellor of The Catholic University of America spoke of the 125th anniversary in the context of the Easter message of resurrection. "What all those years ago the bishops envisioned as a visible testimony to the ongoing proclamation that 'Christ is risen, he is truly risen and we are his witnesses' is found incarnate in this Northeast corner of our nation’s capital," the cardinal said. (See transcript.)

Stories of the Teacherly Life: Faculty Reflect on Their Decades at CUA

Five longstanding faculty members of The Catholic University of America came together on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, to help mark the University’s 125th anniversary. Their presentation “Stories of the Teacherly Life: Faculty Reflect on Their Decades at CUA” was part of CUA’s Founders Week celebration. The five professors shared memories of their time at Catholic University with a loop of vintage photos running behind them. Mostly they talked about the people who influenced them over the years. (See story.)


'Songs of Old CUA' Performance Brings Musical History to Life

On Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, performers from Catholic University's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presented "Songs of Old CUA," a nostalgic revue of music from CUA's history. Songs not heard for decades were performed again as part of the event celebrating the University's 125th anniversary. The Great Room of the Edward J. Pryzbyla Center was packed with an audience of about 400 people, many of whom were alumni who came back to hear the old songs they remember singing during their years as students. After the show, audience members enjoyed a reception and swing dancing to a live orchestra. (See photo gallery.)


Video Trailer Announcing 'Songs of Old CUA' Performance

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of Catholic University presents "Songs of Old CUA," a multimedia musical revue of the University’s history at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012.


Father Brian Shanley Delivers 125th Anniversary Aquinas Lecture

In honor of the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of Catholic University, the School of Philosophy and the 125th Anniversary Committee sponsored a lecture by Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., president of Providence College, on Jan. 27, 2012. It was titled "St. Thomas Aquinas: Compantion and Patron." Click on the video link below to watch the lecture.




Garvey's Remarks at 2011 Mass of the Holy Spirit

In his remarks at the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit, the president called for a renewed commitment to service. "As we begin our anniversary year, we acknowledge the special role that serving others plays in the life of the university,"  Garvey said.


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