The Catholic University of America

University Advancement

2016 National Collection

September 4, 2016 or September 11, 2016

Preparing the next generation of leaders
for our Church and Nation.


Since 1898, The Catholic University of America has been greatly blessed by the generosity of parishioners around the country through the National Collection. James Cardinal Gibbons, our first chancellor and the ninth Archbishop of Baltimore, once called the collection “the people’s endowment.” Taking his words to heart, contributions from faithful parishioners have benefited generations of students. 

Catholic University’s mission centers on the discovery of knowledge and truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church. Catholic University is faithful to the teachings of Jesus Christ and dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason. Here are three ways, of the many, that Catholic University serves the mission of the Church:

  • Nearly 500 Catholic parishes participate in the University’s Parish Scholarship Program, through which 1,500 undergraduates are nominated by their pastors to receive annual scholarships, valued at $4.5 million.

  • Catholic University educates the future leaders of the Church. Through its national seminary, the University provides graduate degrees for seminarians sponsored by nearly 195 Catholic diocese in the U.S. More than 100 active and emeritus bishops and archbishops are Catholic University alumni - including all of the U.S. Cardinal Archbishops.

  • Catholic University serves God through serving others in the United States and abroad. Students volunteer with hundreds of organizations such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Charities, and St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Home. They deliver food to people who are homeless, serve in soup kitchens and shelters, and tutor in after-school programs. They also volunteer for mission service trips at a number of international mission sites. Your gift offers students a unique opportunity to prepare for a lifetime of faith and service.

Faith is tangible at Catholic University. It is expressed passionately through prayer, acts of charity, and a concern for justice. And, as a result, our students are transformed. Guided by the virtues, a spirit of generosity, and—above all—a love for God, they grow in understanding and wisdom. The people’s endowment is more than tuition assistance—it is a legacy, built upon 130 years of education in the Catholic intellectual tradition. 

Click here to make a gift in support of the National Collection

Promotional materials can be found below to aid with National Collection efforts in your parish.

Collection Poster: English | Spanish
Used for promotional purposes
5 Steps to Help Promote the Collection
English & Spanish

Letter from Bishops to Parishes
Weekend before collection


Bulletin Announcements
Weekend before collection and after
Pulpit Announcement 
Weekend of collection
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CUA official wordmark and logos