The Catholic University of America is the only national university of the Catholic Church in the United States. Discover the university's history, triumphs, and crises.
Founded by U.S. bishops in 1887, the project of a national university was approved by Pope Leo XIII, and after considerable debate it was decided to put the school in the nation's capital on a hilly plot of land in Northeast Washington, D.C. Classes opened on November 13, 1889, with a distinguished faculty of eight professors. Since then the university has grown exponentially, greatly expanding the number of students, teachers, and schools. The Catholic University of America has celebrated educational triumphs, suffered fiscal crises, rejoiced in two papal visits, and earned itself a place as one of the country's leading educational institutions.
About the Author
Author Robert P. Malesky is a CUA graduate. He served for three decades as a producer for National Public Radio, where he produced the Sunday morning newsmagazine Weekend Edition Sunday with Liane Hansen. He is now a freelance writer and producer.
Table of Contents
1 Founding 9
2 Early Days, Early Challenges 37
3 Little Rome 71
4 Coming of Age 87
5 Toward the Future 107