Student Life: Educating the Whole Person

In Catholic Studies, you will find a variety of other opportunities outside the classroom that allow you to challenge yourself, meet new people and get the most out of your Catholic Studies education. Catholic Studies is a community of Catholics who pray, live, socialize, learn, study abroad, serve and lead together.

Our students seek to grow closer to God through prayer and liturgy. Catholic Studies encourages this spiritual growth through opportunities for Mass, Confessions, and other devotions. Eucharistic Adoration, lead by student volunteers, is offered five days a week throughout the school year.

Students can choose to live in a house or residence hall that has an intentional emphasis on Catholic living. These students live together in communal study prayers, meals, and fellowship. Communities include the Catholic Women’s Floor, the Catholic Men’s Floor, the Catholic Women’s House, and the Catholic Men’s House.

The Center for Catholic Studies provides various events and opportunities to promote community and fellowship among students, alumni, staff, and faculty. Regular events include a talent show, a casino night, an Ultimate Frisbee tournament, and an ice cream social.

Focusing on the Catholic intellectual tradition, the Center for Catholic Studies offers a variety of lectures and conferences. Check out our event page for recent and upcoming events.

Study in Rome is an integral part of the Catholic Studies program, with most students participating for a semester. Students live in community at St. Thomas' Bernardi Residence on the Tiber River in the Prati neighborhood and take courses in English at the Dominican Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum). Retreats, service, travel, and participation in papal liturgies are some of the opportunities available to Catholic Studies students studying in Rome. Read the Reflections from Rome blog to learn more about the program from a student’s perspective.

Based on the Catholic Church’s social teaching, the Center for Catholic Studies provides opportunities for students to serve the wider community. In Rome, students serve with the Missionaries of Charity and the Sant’ Egidio Community. Other students teach religious education and help with young adult formation with youth groups.