Catholic Women's House

Catholic Studies Living Learning Community Women's House 

The Department of Residence Life and the Center for Catholic Studies are excited to provide a unique opportunity for women and men interested in living and learning together in community. The houses are part of the on-campus housing experience administered through Residence Life and the learning program within the houses is facilitated by Catholic Studies. The women and men live in separate houses. These houses are centers of student life and study on campus. In addition to providing an environment for growing in faith, the houses are an excellent place for the integration of academic thought, spiritual insights and leadership formation. They are also an opportunity for the discovery and nurture of vocations to the Church, a place for those aspiring to the diverse paths of lay and religious life to mingle and an environment to receive a common vision for Catholic life. 

The Catholic Studies LLC Women’s House

The Catholic Studies LLC Women’s House is a Christian community of women who strive to live out their Catholic Faith through prayer, unity, self-giving, and diligence. United as daughters of God under the protection of Our Lady of Good Help, these women seek to love Christ passionately, to serve others selflessly, and to pursue God’s will wholeheartedly in our present vocation as students and throughout our lives.

The Four Pillars:

  1. Prayer
  2. Unity
  3. Gift of Self
  4. Diligence

Learn more about the Pillars of Catholic Women's House.


A) Together with the Daughters of Good Help, each woman participates in a half-day retreat at the beginning of each semester; attends Morning Prayer once a week and formation talks monthly; hosts speakers, community brunches and dinners; and organizes service activities.

B) As an individual, each woman daily: attends Mass, prays Morning and Night Prayer, makes an Examination of Conscience, and lives a brief devotion to Mary that the house chooses.  She also has regular recourse to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Guidelines for the Women’s Catholic Studies living and learning community:

  • In general, students are either a major or minor in Catholic Studies or will be taking at least one course in the department of Catholic Studies.
  • Two faculty advisors from the department serve as the principal contacts with the houses. They help coordinate on a monthly basis faculty engagement with students in the household speaking about academic matters and topics, the complementarity of faith and reason and the importance of discerning a vocation, especially in relation to work. The faculty advisors in collaboration with Residence Life and current residents evaluate applications for future residents.
  • A prefect is assigned to each house who will serve as a liaison with faculty advisors and residence life.
  • A woman appointed by the Center provides basic formation in Catholic life and practical wisdom throughout the year. An assigned chaplain facilitates the retreats at the beginning of each semester.
  • The residents experience a common Catholic life with opportunities to grow in prayer and in charity, to learn to live well with one another, to develop friendships, and to take responsibility for their living arrangements.  The residents also have opportunities to reach out to others in hospitality and provide programs with a Christian spirit.
  • Residents commit to living this common life as articulated above in the four pillars and expectations.

Read Student's Perspectives on the Women's House.

Application Requirements:

1)   Apply for On-Campus Housing by February 7, 2016.
2)  Contact Bryan Helminiak (, Associate Director of Residence Life, to receive an application and faculty recommendation form.   Complete the written application by February 7, 2016.  If you are studying abroad in Spring 2016, you must complete the online housing application and the written application by December 14, 2015

Any questions may be directed to Bryan Helminiak at 651-962-6470 or

Questions regarding the learning portion of the LLC may be directed to Dr. Ann Marie Klein at: