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Saint Leo UniversityIn a historic ceremony on Sunday, November 20 at Saint Leo University, Rabbi A. James Rudin was invested as a Papal Knight of the Order of St. Gregory.  He is only the third American rabbi in history to receive such an honor. Rudin is the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) senior interreligious adviser. Bishop Mark O’Connell represented Cardinal Sean O’Malley to conduct the investiture ceremony when Pope Francis called the cardinal to Rome for meetings; however, Bishop O’Connell read Cardinal O’Malley’s remarks! 

“Rabbi Rudin is a teacher and educator in the ways of peace rooted in truth and justice,” said Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley. “In bestowing this honor on Rabbi Rudin, Pope Francis continues the high regard that Catholic Church holds for our esteemed colleagues of the Jewish faith and the expression of gratitude for their leadership.

Rudin, of Fort Myers, FL, co-founded Saint Leo University’s Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, and his most recent book, The People in the Room: Rabbis, Nuns, Pastors, Popes, and Presidents, tells of his travels and meetings with leaders as well as community members throughout the world.

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Photo courtesy of Saint Leo University (Pictured are Dr. Matthew Tapie, director of Saint Leo University’s Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, Rabbi Eric Greenburg, director of United Nations Relations and Strategic Partnerships for the Simon Wiesenthal Center; Father David Michael, associate director of the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of Boston; Rabbi A. James Rudin; and Bishop Mark O’Connell, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Boston.)


Homeboy Industries “live and breathe their mission” according to Robert L. McKeage Business Leadership Honors Program student Emma Boyle. Jesuit values seamlessly permeate every aspect of the largest gang rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. Only the Latin phrases like “cura personalis” or “magis,” so familiar with University of Scranton students, do not appear anywhere at their facilities or in their marketing materials. Members of the University’s McKeage Business Leadership Honors Program may help to change that. [The students] have adopted a comprehensive set of projects involving branding, new revenue opportunities, and program replication for Homeboy as part of their Business Leadership Consulting Theory and Practice course taught by Douglas Boyle, D.B.A., professor and chair of the Accounting Department.



To support the talent and promise of first-generation, college-bound students, Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) will award more than $600,000 in full tuition and fees scholarships to 20 incoming freshmen for the fall 2023 academic year. The first cohort of recipients will be part of the OLLU Futuro Leaders Scholars Program. The program was created in response to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s recently announced “Building a Talent Strong Texas” strategic plan.



Catholic Distance University honored Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco with the Founders Award, its highest honor, for his “fearless pastoral leadership in upholding the truths of the Catholic Church” at its annual gala on November 17th. The event was held at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C., and offered the CDU community an opportunity to celebrate the university’s 39th year and look toward its future. The Very Reverend Joseph R. Gibino, Pastor, and Vicar for Evangelization and Catechesis of the Diocese of Brooklyn, served as the Master of Ceremonies.



St Mary’s University College Belfast hosted the sixth in a series of free online seminars arising from its Teaching Profession Project (TPP). On Tuesday, November 15, Donna Hazzard, Literary Course Team Leader at St Mary’s University College Belfast, chaired a discussion on ‘The Science of Reading’Dr Hazzard was joined by: Philip Lavery, Chair of the Moving Forward Together educational partnership; Geraldine Magennis-Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Literacy and Education at St Mary’s University College; Jodi Snowden, Global Outreach Coordinator for Nessy Learning and Maria McGoran, Literacy Support Teacher at Holy Family Primary School. This seminar highlighted how learning to read and teaching someone to read are two very complex sides of the same coin. For teachers, mastery in both domains is essential, and yet, despite many educators’ best efforts, the data often does not reflect their hard work and dedication. Equally so, many pupils do not achieve sufficient competency in multiple literacies, necessary to navigate all aspects of life as dictated by an increasingly media-saturated world. So where might the fracture lines lie when turning the theory into impactful practice?

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Seton Hill University hosted the Active Minds Send Silence Packing® display, which has traveled the country for than a decade to end the silence that surrounds mental health and suicide and connect visitors with resources for support and action. The all-day display included personal stories from individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide and is designed to raise awareness about the impact of suicide, connect individuals to mental health resources, and inspire action for suicide prevention. Passersby were invited to walk among the Send Silence Packing backpacks to see the photographs and read the stories attached to them. Many of the backpacks were donated by families who lost a loved one to suicide. More information about Send Silence Packing can be found at  

Dr. Peter Kilpatrick, President of The Catholic University of America, announced a series of initiatives to support pregnant and parenting students, faculty, and staff, and affirmed the University’s commitment to supporting them and their families in a campus-wide message. Among the many initiatives are an expansion of parental leave from eight to 12 weeks, expectant-mother parking, significantly increasing the number of diaper-changing stations on campus, making diapers and wipes available through the campus food pantry, and offering enhanced resources for students who are pregnant. 

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La Roche University hosted its annual Festival of Lights holiday event on Friday, Dec. 2. Sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, UPMC Passavant and the Passavant Hospital Foundation, Festival of Lights ran from 3 to 9 p.m. on the University’s campus in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Additional sponsors include McCandless Crossing, Fairfield Inn & Suites and First National Bank. Admission is free, and the event was open to the public.  Festival of Lights began with a craft show in the Zappala Campus Center and conclude with a fireworks display over the La Roche campus. The evening featured activities for children, a bounce house, a visit from Santa Claus, food trucks, live ice sculpting and carriage rides. Performing arts majors from La Roche were dressed as sugar plum fairies for meet-and-greets with children. Children’s activities will take place in the Kerr Fitness & Sports Center. The La Roche Student Government Association accepted donations for the Cans for Cocoa food drive at the entrance of the Kerr Fitness & Sports Center with donating guests receiving a cup of cocoa for their generosity. Donations will be distributed to the North Hills Community Outreach and the La Roche panty for students in need.

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La Salle University will launch a distinctive graduate double-degree program in partnership with Italy’s POLIMI Graduate School of Management. The fully online program melds La Salle’s reputation as a leader in business systems and analytics education, with the expertise in supply chain management from POLIMI Graduate School of Management. All told, the 30-credit program—beginning Fall 2023—requires 12 months to complete and nets students two advanced degrees: a Master of Science in Supply Chain Analytics from Philadelphia-based La Salle and a Master of Supply Chain Management from POLIMI Graduate School of Management. This is the first dual-degree program of its kind, bridging AACSB-accredited institutions in the U.S. and Italy. (Fewer than 5 percent of the world’s business schools are accredited by the AACSB.) The program meets the U.S. Department of Homeland Security criteria for STEM-designated programs. 

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Saint Xavier University (SXU) hosted a reception to honor America's real heroes, U.S. veterans on Friday, November 11. Attendees enjoyed friendship, food and refreshments. Members of Saint Xavier's Student Veterans Alliance (SVA), SXU alumni veterans and representatives of the Yellow Ribbon program were present to connect with attendees.  As a "Best College for Veterans," Military Friendly® school and Yellow Ribbon institution, Saint Xavier is proud to serve its student-veterans with access to resources and services to help them transition into the classroom and succeed in completing their degree. SXU is grateful for its student veterans and veteran community members and is dedicated to supporting them through a variety of programs and resources.

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With over 6,500 students enrolled this past fall, Lewis University has grown by 240 students over the previous year, which is a 4 percent increase. Not only has Lewis University grown in number, but the richness of its diverse student body is reflected in that 51 percent of Lewis University’s students identify as students of color. Contributing to the growing ethnic and geographic diversity is a record number of more than 1,100 international students who have chosen to study at Lewis University. More than 600 first-year students from high school, 400 new transfer students, and 700 new graduate students contributed to this strong enrollment performance. The increase returns the Romeoville-based university to almost record-high, pre-pandemic enrollment levels.

“As a Lasallian university in the Catholic tradition, this growth in students of color fosters an environment where we seek to acknowledge, value, and celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion at Lewis University in all our programs, classrooms, experiential learning settings, and virtual spaces,” added Dr. David Livingston, president of Lewis University.


After a successful pilot project with Pagliacci's Pizza during the spring, the Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability has started the Climate Impact Clinic (CIC). Students from any discipline who are interested in sustainability-related careers can apply to work at the CIC where they will use the Climate Impact Guide to help local businesses establish their baseline greenhouse gas emissions data and identify ways to reduce them. 



This past November, Barry University Health & Sports Center will be alive with activity as students and employees race to prepare 50,000 food packs for communities in need in only four hours. The event, a partnership with Cross Catholic Outreach, will feature a human assembly line, with tables lined with volunteers preparing the packs in record time. The number of meals prepared was increased by 10,000 meals from last year to make the goal that much more challenging. The packed meals will be delivered to those in our local and global communities experiencing food insecurity. The packets will feed up to 200,000 people.

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The University of Scranton and Le Moyne College have signed a memorandum of understanding and additional agreements that provides incoming Scranton students direct entry into Le Moyne’s Physician Assistant (PA) program after graduation, and incoming Le Moyne students a guaranteed seat in Scranton’s Doctor of Physical Therapy.



Chaminade University was among seven minority educational institutions that received $1.75 million in grants from the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). The monies are part of an expanded pilot program to support entrepreneurship for undergraduate students. Submitted to the MBDA's Minority Colleges and Universities Grant Competition, the awared will allow Chaminade to develop the "Iana Sustainability Entrepreneurship Program, " which aims to spark minority entrpreneurial innovation among Hawaii-Pacific undergraduates. The Minority Colleges and Universities pilot program will help fund the development of curricula, pilot courses, seminars, and replicable products and tools that address inclusive innovation, entrepreneurship, and general economic development. ate students.

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Alvernia Hunger Free Campus-Clare's CupboardAlvernia University received an official PA Hunger-Free Campus designation from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

“This designation underscores Alvernia’s commitment to mission-driven inclusive excellence and academic excellence by ensuring that students, faculty and staff feel comfortable and supported on campus,” said Alvernia Vice President of Mission, Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Darryl C. Mace. “This recognition is the result of phenomenal work with Clare’s Cupboard on the part of Katelyn Canning ’22, MSW ‘23; Jamie Caporizo; and Laurel Radzieski. Their efforts both address and attempt to eradicate food insecurity on campus, a deeply troubling issue faced by colleges and universities nationwide.” 

To advance student food security efforts across the state, the Pennsylvania Office of the First Lady and the Department of Education (PDE) are piloting the Pennsylvania Hunger-Free Campus initiative.  The initiative includes building a coalition of colleges and universities focused on addressing hunger and other basic needs for their students; creating opportunities for connection among student hunger advocates; providing resources and strategies for campuses; and supporting opportunities to apply for grants related to addressing food insecurity.



Ruth Foundation for the Arts (Ruth Arts) has announced a grant of $75,000 to Edgewood College for Ernest Hüpeden’s Painted Forest Art Environment in Valton, Wisconsin. This grant, as part of their total $11.5 million in gifts to 138 arts organizations this fall, came from the new Ruth DeYoung Kohler (RDK) Legacy Fund which mirrors the support Ruth DeYoung Kohler II made to the Ernest Hüpeden’s Painted Forest and multiple arts institutions throughout her lifetime.

“These programs are at once forward-facing and anchored in Ruth DeYoung Kohler II’s inimitable legacy,” Karen Patterson, Ruth Arts Executive Director, said. “We’re proud to honor Ruth’s lifelong commitment to the arts by continuing to fund the organizations she personally supported, and to develop new programs in her spirit of experimentation and community-building.” The RDK Legacy Fund is dedicated to honoring and continuing Ruth DeYoung Kohler’s steadfast support of regional and craft-based organizations and artist-built environments. The Fund will provide $2.5 million annually across 40 organizations historically supported by Ruth DeYoung Kohler II.


Center for Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Monsignor Richard Liddy (the founding director of the Center for Catholic Studies) and Monsignor Robert Sheeran (the President who founded the Center)The Center for Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Since 1997, the Center for Catholic Studies has sought to live, share, and deepen Catholic Identity at Seton Hall. One of the first of its kind in the United States, the Center fosters ongoing dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture.

In 1996 as part of President Msgr. Robert Sheeran’s vision for finding innovated ways to live Seton Hall’s Catholic mission and identity, he appointed Monsignor Richard Liddy as University Professor for Catholic Thought and Culture to create a culture of dialogue steeped in the Catholic Intellectual, Spiritual, and Moral Tradition. Following the model of St. Thomas University in Minnesota, Msgr. Liddy founded the Center for Catholic Studies.

In its effort to reach the entire university community, the Center began offering interdisciplinary faculty development seminars on mission, which continue today. In collaboration with faculty from across the university the Center pioneered programs, workshops, retreats, and events engaging matters of faith and reason and their relationship to the academic disciplines and professions.

In short order, the Center established what is now the Catholic Studies Program. First, with a Catholic Studies minor (1998) and a Catholic Studies major (2003). Then as now, the Center continues to support the academic major and minor as well as extracurricular opportunities for students to experience the rich history and global diversity of Catholicism abroad. Unique and transformative study abroad opportunities have been a key component of Catholic Studies for over two decades.

25 Years Living Sharing Deepening Catholic Identity at Seton Hall LogoThe Center established the Toth Lonergan Endowed Chair, which brings a Catholic professor to campus each year to engage with students, faculty, and staff in Catholic mission and identity. The Chair is named for Deacon William Toth and Fr. Bernard Lonergan, S.J., and continues their work of engaging Catholic thought across all disciplines.

The Center also houses three institutes and two scholarly journals with national and international reach.

Recently, the Center was awarded a significant three-year grant from the Porticus foundation to develop its programming on a national level. With several new initiatives being rolled out in the coming months and years, the Center is well-positioned to live, share, and deepen Catholic Identity at Seton Hall and beyond its borders. 

Find out more about the Center here:

Upcoming Member Programming

St. Ambrose Francis at Ten Spring 2023 Conference


A Papacy of Possibilities
March 16-19, 2023

St. Ambrose University is planning to convene a Spring 2023 conference and celebration to honor 10 years of the papacy of Pope Francis. This conference and celebration will be held on their campus March 16-19, 2023 and will examine this remarkably humble servant of God, whose commitment to openness, visibility, and meeting the faithful across the world has transformed the Vatican and, in many ways, reenergized the Catholic Church and beyond. 

Learn more about the conference...


Lighting the Way Forward
Lighting the Way Forward: The Purpose of Catholic Higher Education in a Changing World

January 11 - 13, 2024 This conference, held at the University of San Diego, will explore what it might mean to be a Catholic college or university at this moment in history, deeply concerned about and engaged with the interrelated challenges of climate change, structural racism, lack of trust in institutions and breakdown of communities, polarizing political discourse, religious disaffiliation, and more. As the COVID-19 crisis decelerates, the urgency of these and other challenges comes into sharper relief. What role can and should Catholic higher education play in promoting integral human flourishing in our emerging context? From a wide variety of disciplinary lenses, presenters and participants will consider how the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition can speak to the joys and hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of our contemporary moment, paying particular attention to the joys, hopes, griefs and anxieties of the poor and marginalized. In this way, the conference seeks to continue the work of Vatican II, analyzing the signs of our times to interpret them in light of the Gospel and the rich history of Catholic higher education. The gathering also seeks to re-examine and re-articulate the foundational relationship between the Catholic Church and Catholic colleges and universities as well as consider how Pope Francis’ emphases on environmental sustainability, mercy, the peripheries, fraternity and synodality might strengthen that link.

Learn more about the conference... 




Additional Highlights & Recognition

Charism Corner

In recognition of our institution's founding charisms and our affiliate members that support our colleges and universities, ACCU recognizes our institutional charisms and encourages our members to learn more about all charisms and the good work they do to support and advance Catholic higher education.

Learn more about our founding religious orders.. 


Charism Cabinet 

Through ACCU, a Charism Cabinet comprised of representatives from our Association affiliate members that serve as charism for our member colleges and universities was established. This was done so to build community and network of support for our Catholic intellectual traditions, missions, and identities.

Interested in learning more? Please contact ACCU.

Welcome to ACCU!

ACCU is excited to welcome our newest members to the Association!

Christian Brothers Conference

University of Saint Mary of the Lake

Universidad Anahuac Cancun

Presidential Transitions & Inauguration

Welcome and CongratulationsACCU welcomes the newest ACCU member presidents and transitional presidents who have started in their roles along with those who have been inaugurated since our last Update:


Welcome to our newest ACCU presidents!

Salvador D. Aceves, President, Regis University

Mary Van Brunt, President, Spring Hill College


Congratulations on those recently inaugurated! 

Steven Stoute, President, Canisius College

Gerry Turcotte, President and Principal, Corpus Christi-St. Mark's College at UBC

Robert Manuel, President, DePaul University

Tania Tetlow, President, Fordham University

Dan Allen, President, La Salle University 

Mark Reed, President, Loyola University Chicago

Sandra Cassady, President, Rockhurst University

Sinda Vanderpool, President and Vice-Chancellor, St. Mary's University, Canada

Peter Kilpatrick, President, The Catholic University of America 


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Update Spring Issue News & Notes: Due March 15th!

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Photos of campus life and Easter season celebrations along with other campus life, research, and other stories are welcome! 



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