Profiles in Faithful Catholic Education

Curtis Martin

FOCUS Leader: ‘Renewal of Catholic Colleges is Critical’

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) is a nationwide ministry to students at mostly secular colleges. But seeds for the project were planted while founder and president Curtis Martin studied theology at a faithful Catholic college, and the first FOCUS chapter was launched at another Catholic college. Both colleges today are recommended in The Newman […]

Catholic School Principal: ‘I Hope Our Students Discover Jesus Christ’

Dr. Michael Pennell is head of The Highlands School, a Catholic school in Irving, Tex., that is recognized by The Cardinal Newman Society’s Catholic Education Honor Roll for its strong Catholic identity. He has also served at another school on the Honor Roll: St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, S.C.  It was during Dr. Pennell’s undergraduate years at […]

Catholic College Graduate Builds Strong Marriages

The world today is facing a crisis in the family, but one graduate of a faithful Catholic college is working to change that. Mary Rose Verret, together with her husband Ryan,  founded the ministry Witness to Love, which partners with more than 500 parishes in four countries and provides marriage preparation through virtue-based mentorship. While a […]

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Catholic College Graduate Fights Drag Queen Library Hour

Christopher Jay studied at a faithful Catholic college and gained valuable understanding of the human person and God’s design for sexuality, but he never thought that one day he’d be fighting against a “drag queen library hour” at a New Hampshire public library. Yet, that’s exactly where he found himself just recently, not long after […]

Sean Kay

Big Business Advisor Is ‘Big Believer’ in Faithful Catholic Education

It was more than 20 years ago, when Sean Kay graduated from a faithful Catholic college—and today the presidents, board members and top financial officers of some of the nation’s highest ranked colleges and universities look to him for guidance. Kay is a partner at PwC, the brand name of PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the largest […]

St. John Vianney Theological Seminary

Faithful College Graduate Defends Celibacy for Priests

Amid new challenges to priestly celibacy at the Vatican’s Amazon Synod and from other corners of the Church, the graduates of faithful Catholic education—by their deep formation and understanding of Church tradition—are well-prepared to dispel errors and misconceptions about this important discipline of Catholic priests. One such graduate is Father Gary Selin, S.T.D., author of Priestly […]

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Swaffords ‘Paying it Forward’ After Faithful Catholic Education

Today Dr. Andrew Swafford teaches students the same theology course that inspired him to convert to the Catholic Church years ago. He and his wife, founder of Emotional Virtue Ministries, are grateful for their life-changing experiences at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. They both graduated from the Newman Guide-recommended college and say that their experience at […]

Jason Evert

Jason Evert: Faithful College ‘Opened Doors’ for Chastity Ministry

More than one million people on six continents have heard about the virtue of chastity, because of the wonderful Chastity Project, led by Jason and Crystalina Evert. The catalyst for the entire ministry? Jason’s experience at a faithful Catholic college. “Franciscan University of Steubenville prepared me for the ministry God entrusted us with and opened the doors […]

Sisters of Life, Sr. Mariae Agnus Dei

Sister of Life: ‘You Will Never Regret’ Attending a Faithful Catholic College

Sister Mariae Agnus Dei of the Sisters of Life is one of many religious sisters whose vocation was nourished by faithful Catholic education. Founded in 1991, the Sisters of Life now have more than 100 sisters serving across the country and in Canada. The sisters take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, plus a special vow to […]

Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia

Dominican Sister Discerned Vocation in ‘Silence’ of College Chapels

Editor’s Note: This article is part of our new “Profiles in Faithful Catholic Education” series which features graduates of faithful Catholic schools and Newman Guide colleges who are leading the renewal of the Church. Other recent profiles can be found here and here. For one Dominican sister, two years on a faithful Catholic college campus were just what […]

Catholic College ‘Shaped Who I Am,’ Says Nashville Dominican

Sister Scholastica Niemann of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, Tenn., is one of many religious sisters whose vocation was nurtured by faithful Catholic education. Affectionately known as the “Nashville Dominicans,” her order was founded more than 150 years ago and has grown to nearly 300 sisters, with approximately 50 sisters in their […]

Dominican Sisters of Mary

College Years ‘Uniquely Formative,’ Says Dominican Sister

Editor’s Note: Over the next several weeks, the Newman Society will be featuring profiles of graduates of faithful Catholic schools and Newman Guide colleges who are leading the renewal of the Church. The Newman Society is grateful to Sister Albert Marie and the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, for allowing us to […]

Founder of Catholic Magazines Reflects on Faithful Catholic Education

Graduates of Newman Guide colleges are making a difference for the Church and the world, and Rose Rea is no exception!  A graduate of Franciscan University in Ohio, Rose is the founder of Radiant and Valiant magazines for young Catholic women and men, respectively.  Readers can subscribe to Radiant and Valiant magazines, which are owned […]