50% to goal
with two years remaining
in the Campaign
82% alumni support
among donors to the school
during the Campaign
from Monsignor Thomas Green
to expand the Gratian Canon Law Library
Canon law has been taught at Catholic University since its inception. Formally established in 1923, the School of Canon Law has become a vibrant, integral part of the educational framework for the University.
Led by Monsignor Ronny Jenkins, the school’s primary Campaign objective is to increase the University's canon law collection, already one of the largest collections in the world, through the creation of the Monsignor Thomas Green Memorial Library in Caldwell Hall.
“There are priests who study here, there are deacons, there are lay people; the lay people come from different professions, some are already civil attorneys and they received degrees,” Jenkins said. “We have a diversity among men and women. We have religious who come here to study. So, it's a very nice mixture, a picture of the life of the church as it is.”
The school is currently more than halfway to its $3 million Campaign goal. This is a huge step in educating the men and women, both religious and lay, who will serve in diocesan and religious administration, in ecclesiastic tribunals, in the teaching of canon law, and in scientific canonical research. Alumni go on to serve worldwide through work in dioceses around the country, to serve as teachers and professors in universities and seminaries, and to interact with the Holy See.
Msgr. Green helps school thrive
Monsignor Thomas Green, the Stephen Kuttner Distinguished Professor of Canon Law, made a substantial bequest in his will to the School of Canon Law.
“It’s remarkable that he not only devoted his career to the University, he also helped to ensure the school would continue to thrive after his passing.”— Msgr. Ronny Jenkins
After his death in 2018, Dean Jenkins announced that Green's bequest would be used to double the square footage of the Gratian Canon Law Library, which will be renamed in honor of Green.
The School of Canon Law at The Catholic University of America is the only Ecclesiastical Faculty of Canon Law in the United States. The School is a community of students, faculty, and staff working together for the purpose of the study of canon law in service to the Catholic Church, with particular attention to the needs and opportunities of the Church in the United States.
Light the Way: The Campaign for Catholic University continues until May 2022. Learn about the school's priorities for the Campaign.