The Catholic University of America

Catholic Identity


Catholic faith is at the heart of The Catholic University of America. This part of CUA's identity is reinforced through the many options for service and formation on campus, as well as by the integration of faith and reason in each of the University's 12 schools. Many student organizations provide opportunities for fellowship while serving others. CUA's Office of Campus Ministry helps students follow Christ and live the values of the Gospel within the context of the Catholic faith.

First and foremost, every Catholic educational institution is a place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals his transforming love and truth.  - Pope Benedict XVI

Pontifical University

CUA's Special Relationship with the Holy See

Pope Francis thumbCatholic University has a unique relationship with the Holy See stemming from its papal charter and the visit of three popes to campus. See CUA's "PopeinDC" website for more information about the visit of Pope Francis on Sept. 23, 2015.


  • Campus Ministry

    Campus Ministry

    Information on events sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry.

  • Prayer and Worship

    Prayer and Worship

    Schedule of on-campus Masses and resources for other worship opportunities in the Washington area.

  • 2008 Freshman Retreat

    Faith Development

    Opportunities for students to grow in their faith, including the discernment process for those considering religious life.

  • Service Opportunities

    Service Opportunities

    Information for students and staff on how to get involved with CUA’s outreach programs.

  • Catholic Intellectual Tradition

    Catholic Intellectual Tradition

    A description of the University's unique role as the flagship Catholic institution of higher education in the United States.

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The Application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae

A Ten-Year Review from The Catholic University of America

Ex Corde Ecclesiae report