The Catholic University of America is the only national university of the Catholic Church in the United States. Founded by U.S. bishops in 1887, the project of a national university was approved by Pope Leo XIII and after considerable debate, it was decided to put the school in the nation's capital on a hilly plot of land in Northeast Washington, D.C. Classes opened on November 13, 1889, with a distinguished faculty of eight professors. Since then the university has grown exponentially, greatly expanding the number of students, teachers and schools.
In a new pictorial history book by local author and university alum Robert P. Malesky, over 200 vintage photographs commemorate the university’s educational triumphs, fiscal crises and papal visits, all while earning itself a place as one of the country's leading educational institutions.
The author hopes this book will take its readers “beyond the public image to see the school as a grand experiment that survived some difficult and troubled times to emerge as a world-class educational institution.”
Highlights of The Catholic University of America:
• The founder of the school was a 21-year-old heiress who renounced Catholicism later in life
• CUA enjoyed two papal visits, Pope John Paul II in 1979 and Pope Benedict XVI in 2008
• Famous alumni include actor Jon Voight, TV personality Ed McMahon, playwright Jason Miller and composer Mark Adamo
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