My Dear Parishioners,
The weekend of August 19-20 has been set aside for a special collection for the Catholic University of America. Archbishop Chaput has asked that we communicate this message this week, in advance of that second collection. Here is his letter:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I appeal to you today to give generously to the National Collection for The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Catholic University is the national university of the Catholic Church – the only institution of higher education founded by the U.S. bishops and chartered by the Vatican. The Catholic University of America educates clergy, religious, and young lay men and women from every geographical region of the United States. Here are just two ways it serves Catholic faithful throughout the United States:
Nearly 500 Catholic parishes participate in the University’s Parish Scholarship Program, through which 1,500 undergraduates are nominated by their pastors to receive annual scholarships, valued at $4.5 million.
Catholic University trains leaders in the Church. Through its national seminary, the University provides graduate degrees for seminarians sponsored by nearly 195 Catholic diocese in the U.S. More than 100 active and emeritus bishops and archbishops are Catholic University alumni.
Our national university is educating an important generation of lay and ordained leaders within the United States. The Collection for The Catholic University of America will be held in parishes of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on the weekend of August 19 and August 20, 2017. Thank you and God bless you for supporting America’s Catholic university and the countless number of students who will experience an education grounded in Catholic tradition.
Sincerely in Christ,
+ Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap
God Bless you,