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New initiative aims to spur authentically Catholic higher education

March 15, 2010

The Virginia-based Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), an independent group dedicated to a distinctively Catholic presence in higher education, will launch a new effort to support Catholic colleges and universities. On March 16, CNS will unveil the "Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education," under the direction of Dr. David House, the former president of St. Joseph's College in Maine. The Center will sponsor studies of best practices in Catholic higher education, supporting research fellows in several different fields. The group's advisory board includes Archbishop Raymond Burke, the head of the Apostolic Signatura, and Kenneth Whitehead, a former assistant US secretary of Education. “For 17 years, The Cardinal Newman Society has primarily served Catholic families seeking faithful Catholic education, but college leaders and bishops also need support,” said CNS President Patrick J. Reilly.


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  • Posted by: Defender - Mar. 16, 2010 2:51 AM ET USA

    I applaud the efforts of The Cardinal Newman Society but would like to put in a word for Catholic primary and secondary schools - particularily the former. The "seed" is planted early in primary school and, if allowed to grow, will sustain itself as the years go by. The foundation of being a Catholic starts early - much more effort and financial help needs to be directed there.