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Second collection Sept. 4-5 supports Catholic University

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Parishes across the diocese will use the second collection at Mass Sept. 4-5 to raise funds to support The Catholic University of America in Washington, the national university of the Catholic Church. It is the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. bishops, and this is the only national collection taken for higher education in Catholic churches across the county.

Established in 1887 as a papally chartered graduate and research center, Catholic U. began offering undergraduate education in 1904. 

Many in the Arlington diocese, as well as Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region, attend the university; about 16 percent of alumni live in Virginia. 

About 54 percent of Catholic U.’s 5,366 students last year were from the mid-Atlantic, and 14 percent were from Virginia. About 8 percent — 450 students — were from the Arlington diocese, according to numbers provided to the Catholic Herald. Students from the Arlington diocese made up 24 percent of Catholic U.’s law students and 15 percent of graduate students. 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops notes that contributions not only go to support students — 91 percent of undergrads receive financial aid — but also will help the university better serve dioceses and parishes through innovative research initiatives and training programs.

Those who support their parishes with online contributions can find the Catholic U. collection listed among national second collections in the giving section on their parish website.


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021