Catholic University has long played a key role in large conversations—within the Church about matters of intense social and theological significance, between the Church and other Christian communities in the U.S. and beyond, and between the Church and American society. The University exerts this influence first and foremost through the theological education provided by the School of Theology and Religious Studies (TRS) to its students, many of whom have gone on to serve as leaders at every level of society in both civil and ecclesiastical roles, and by the research and public service of its distinguished faculty.
Grounded in a century-plus tradition of academic excellence, we look to the future with optimism and with our minds open to new ways we may serve the Church and our students. In just the past four years, generous gifts have supported the creation of a new Center for Ukrainian Church Studies at the School, and allowed us to form a unique relationship with the Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, founding a research Center for Carmelite Studies that has already begun its work.
Light the Way: The Campaign for Catholic University will bring more such transformative investments, ensuring that the School of Theology and Religious Studies has vital resources to serve the University, the nation, and the Church for many generations to come. Our priorities within this Campaign are:
Institute for Eastern Christianity
Guided and inspired by an exceptional scholar holding a new endowed chair in one of its disciplines, the Institute will sponsor and coordinate rigorous scholarly inquiry into the distinct histories, languages, and cultures of the Christian communities of the East.
Centers for Interreligious Dialogue and Jewish Studies
These new Centers will enhance the engagement of the Roman Catholic Church in dialogue with other religions, and led by internationally respected scholars recruited to fill new endowed faculty positions, will embrace a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of historic and modern Jewish and Israeli spiritual and cultural life.
New Undergraduate Scholarships
Enhanced scholarship resources will help close the funding gap for highly qualified prospective students and serve as a vital recruitment tool as the School works to sustainably form up its undergraduate student body.
New Graduate Stipends
New financial support for graduate study will help the School attract and retain the most highly qualified doctoral students, and ensure consistency in the size of our graduate student body.