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Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University

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Catholic University carried out a campaign on campus to accentuate the four cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. Each month from January through April, 2011, has focused on one of these virtues. The campaign was part of President John Garvey's inaugural year focus on the theme of Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University.


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> Marketing professor reflects on justice

January was devoted to the cardinal virtue of justice, which is defined as "the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give due to God and neighbor."

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Jan. 17, 2011
A day ON not a day OFF! Faculty, staff, students, and alumni spent a day serving others. Activities included preparing food and crafts, painting murals, and beautifying local schools.
> Read a report on the event.
> View photo gallery.

March for Life

10 a.m. Jan. 24, 2011, Caldwell Auditorium
More than 500 CUA students and tens of thousands of pro-life supporters and pilgrims marched to Capitol Hill to be the voice for the rights of the unborn. President John Garvey and his wife Jeanne joined the students at the march.
> Read a report on the event.
> View photo gallery.


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> Art professor reflects on prudence

February is devoted to the cardinal virtue of prudence, which is defined as discernment and pursuit of the good. To celebrate the cardinal theme of prudence, the University is hosting several events:

Virtuous Living: Leading Self and Others

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 12, 2011, in Caldwell Auditorium
President John Garvey and other local leaders discussed living life as a leader in Christ's footsteps. This conference featured speakers, breakout sessions, and a leadership panel. It concluded with confessions, adoration, and Mass. It was hosted by the Knights of Columbus.

Joy in the Spiritual Life

7 p.m. Feb. 17, 2011, in Caldwell Auditorium
The first CUA on Tap event of the spring semester featured Rev. James Martin, S.J. Father Martin is the editor of America magazine and author of many books, including My Life with the Saints and The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything.

The Cardinal Virtues and the Good Life

6 p.m. Feb. 22, 2011, in Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 323
William Mattison, assistant professor of moral theology in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, spoke as part of the Dialogue on Demand series. This talk explored the importance of faith for how we live the cardinal virtues, while simultaneously affirming that the cardinal virtues are an invaluable resource for ethical discussions in pluralistic societies.
> Watch the video

iPromise Pledge Campaign

Feb. 14 - March 4, 2011
In preparation for March's spring break, CUA begins the iPromise pledge campaign. Be prudent. Sign the pledge beginning Feb. 14. Visit


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> Two alumni reflect on temperance
March is devoted to the cardinal virtue of temperance, which is defined as mastering the balanced life. The cardinal virtue of temperance will be the theme at several University events throughout the month.

Lenten Season

Beginning March 9, 2011
The season of Lent is a period of 40 days before Easter characterized by greater attention to the traditions of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving.


Daily Eucharistic Adoration

  • Monday-Friday, 12:45pm-5pm Caldwell Chapel

Residence Hall Confessions

  • March 21, 9-11pm CV South
  • March 22, 8-10pm Opus
  • March 23, 10-11pm Caldwell Chapel
  • March 28, 9-11pm, CV North
  • March 29, 8-10pm Millennium North and South, Curley Court
  • March 31, 9-11pm Regan-Ryan
  • April 4, 9-11pm, Flather
  • April 5, 8-10pm, Gibbons

Lenten Retreat

  • March 25-27, Preached by Fr. Christian Raab, OSB

Weekly Stations of the Cross

  • Time TBD, Caldwell Chapel
Through these acts of temperance during this solemn season, hearts and minds are prepared to enter the Church at Easter, and the faithful are reminded of their baptismal call to celebrate the Paschal feast with greater joy.

Mastering the Balanced Life

6:30 p.m. March 15, 2011, Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room
CUA alumni and graduate students will talk about how they are balancing their faith, family, and finances while pursuing occupational and educational goals. This panel discussion is part of the Beyond Brookland series, a partnership between the offices of Alumni Relations and Career Services. Speaking at the event will be Meredith Kirsch, Patrick Ortman, Rebecca Freyvogel, John Fogarty, and Edward O'Connell.

Centering Your Life on God, and Regaining Peace and Serenity

7 p.m. March 24, 2011, in Caldwell Auditorium
Michael Castrilli, a seminarian with the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, will speak about how the Gospel can help us discover ways to practice centeredness, gain more peace day-to-day, and find love around us. He will present practical strategies to engage our faith and reinvent aspects of our life that can help us to achieve more balance at school and home and improve our relationships.
Castrilli currently ministers at St. John Neumann Parish in Reston, Virginia and is part of the campus ministry team at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory Academy in Washington, D.C. Prior to entering the seminary, Michael was a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and the Corporate Executive Board. He also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice and the District of Columbia Office of the CFO. This event is part of the CUA on Tap series.

Food, Drink, and Sex: Recovering Temperance in a Culture of Excess

6 p.m. March 29, 2011, in Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 323
John Grabowski, associate professor of moral theology and ethics in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, will make a case for moderation through the virtue of Temperance as a necessary part of a human and Christian life. His presentation is part of the Dialogue on Demand series.


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> President Garvey reflects on fortitude

> Homily on fortitude by the late Rev. Kurt Pritzl, O.P. (PDF)

Catholic University will host two events related to the cardinal virtue of fortitude in April to culminate a campaign on campus to accentuate the four cardinal virtues. Fortitude is defined as living with strength of character.

The campaign is directly related to the inaugural theme chosen by Catholic University's new President, John Garvey. "Intellect and Virtue: the Idea of a Catholic University" serves as the focus of a semester-long series of lectures and other events.

Fortitude in Uganda: Discover the Unseen

7 p.m. April 7, 2011, in the Great Room of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
Representatives from the organization Invisible Children will use media to inspire young people to help end war in Africa. Invisible Children began when three young American men created the documentary "Invisible Children: Rough Cut," a film that exposed the realities of northern Uganda's child soldiers. The organization aims to improve schools, provide mentorships, and create financial stability in Africa. This event is part of the CUA on Tap series.

Cardinal Leadership Celebration

5 p.m. April 13, 2011, in the Great Room of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
The University will host the Cardinal Leadership Celebration to honor members of the CUA community whose service and committed leadership deserve special recognition. The Cardinal Medal for Fortitude will also be awarded as part of this event, in celebration of those who have overcome adversity with a joyful spirit, exhibit constancy in the pursuit of good, stand firm in difficulty, and exemplify quiet strength. All in the CUA community are invited to attend this celebratory event.

> University Awards Cardinal Medal for Fortitude to Nine Honorees