The second collection on September 23 & 24, 2023, is for The Catholic University of America, unique among universities in the United States, as the national university of the Catholic Church, founded by the bishops of this country and chartered by Pope Leo XIII. Nearly one third of all of the U.S. bishops, archbishops, and cardinals in our country are alumni, along with over 12,000 priests and religious from around the world, including some from this diocese. Located in Washington, D.C., the University provides an education based in Catholic intellectual tradition to almost 7,000 students through its 12 schools.

Your contributions will strengthen the work of top scholars, many of whom help to explain Catholic social teaching to the rest of the world. It will also support scholarships for students in our diocese and others in achieving our mission of preparing the next generation of leadership for our Church and nation – including those studying to become our future priests and religious. Your generosity is appreciated.