Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
The parishes of the Diocese of Camden will take up the annual special collection for The Catholic University of America on the weekend of September 19-20, 2009.
Catholic University is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church and the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. bishops and chartered by the Vatican. As such, it has a special responsibility to educate future leaders for our Church and our Nation. In this sense, The Catholic University of America belongs to all of us in the Church, regardless of where we live.
All of the funds received through this collection underwrite the financial aid program at the university. Simply put, your contributions directly benefit students at Catholic University from all over the United States, including our own diocese, by funding scholarships for those who would not otherwise be able to attend. Every year, nearly 3,000 students at CUA receive scholarship support through the funds raised via the National Collection for Catholic University.
Students at Catholic University receive personalized attention in a wide range of programs, combining an excellent liberal arts curriculum with courses in their major fields of study. Grounded in the philosophy of the Catholic intellectual tradition, these students are well prepared for success in life and ready to make a difference in today’s world.
I encourage you to support this most worthwhile educational initiative as we educate future leaders for our Church and nation.
May God continue to guide you and bless you.
Most Reverend Joseph A. Galante, D.D., J.C.D.
Bishop of Camden