The list of participating colleges has been growing and now numbers over 10% of Catholic institutions of higher learning across the U.S. and Canada. In 2006-2007, 24 schools (up from 15 in 2005) went on record answering 10 objective questions related to Catholic identity.

Below find:

The Questionnaire

Questionnaire Sources

The Schools

The Guide


How to Participate in the Guide

To be added to our list of Catholic colleges and universities, a school must answer the questionnaire. N/A (not applicable) answers must be explained. If so desired, No answers may also be explained. (See The Guide for examples of explanations.) Send answers to:

Robyn Lee

Register College Survey

432 Washington Ave

North Haven, CT 06473

RLee at NCRegister.com

Fax: 203 230 3838



The Questionnaire

The goal of the Register and Faith & Family magazine Colleges Catholic Identity Guide is to apply objective tests of a university’s Catholic identity. The 10 questions can only be answered Yes, No or Not Applicable. We designed it so that a YES answer best reflects Catholic identity.


Institution:

1. Did the president make the public profession of faith and take the oath of fidelity?

2. Is the majority of the board of trustees Catholic?

3. Is the majority of the faculty Catholic?

4. Do you publicly require all Catholic theology professors to have the mandatum?

5. Did all Catholic theology professors take the oath of fidelity?


Campus:

6. Is the head of campus ministry Catholic?

7. Do you exclude advocates of abortion, euthanasia or cloning as commencement speakers or recipients of honorary degrees?

8. Do you exclude sponsoring pro-abortion campus groups?

9. Do you exclude coed dorms?

10. Do your student health services exclude referrals to abortion clinics?



Questionnaire Sources

The questions reflect essential elements of the renewal of Catholic identity called for by Pope John Paul II’s 1990 apostolic constitution on higher education, Ex Corde Ecclesiae (On Catholic Universities), its 2000 Application to the United States, and canon law.


Here is our summary of what the questions cover and why:


Institution:

1. President: Canon 833: The president of a Catholic university is personally bound to make a profession of faith in the presence of the chancellor or diocesan bishop or a delegate at the beginning of the term of office.

2. Board: U.S. Application: “To the extent possible, the majority of the board of trustees should be Catholics committed to the Church.”

3. Faculty: U.S. Application: “The university should strive to recruit and appoint Catholics as professors so that, to the extent possible, those committed to the witness of the faith will constitute a majority of the faculty.”

4. The Mandatum: Canon 812: It is necessary that Catholic theologians have a mandatum from the diocesan bishop.

U.S. Application: If a particular professor lacks a mandatum and continues to teach a theological discipline, the university must determine what further action may be taken in accordance with its own mission and statutes.

Mandatum text: “I hereby declare my role and responsibility as a teacher of a theological discipline within the full communion of the Church. As a teacher of a theological discipline, therefore, I am committed to teach authentic Catholic doctrine and to refrain from putting forth as Catholic teaching anything contrary to the Church’s magisterium.”

U.S. Application: Catholic students have a right to receive from a university instruction in authentic Catholic doctrine and practice, especially from theologians.

5. Oath: Canon 833: Catholic theologians are personally bound to make a profession of faith in the presence of the university president if he is a priest, or the diocesan bishop or a delegate, at the beginning of their term of office.


Campus:

6. Ministry: U.S. Application: “Catholic students have a right to be provided with opportunities to practice the faith through participation in Mass, the sacraments, religious devotions and other authentic forms of Catholic spirituality.” The university “shall make provision for effective campus ministry programs, including the celebration of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and penance, other liturgical celebrations, and opportunities for prayer and spiritual reflection.”

7. Honorees: The U.S. Bishops’ 2004 Catholics in Political Life: “Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms that would suggest support for their actions.”

8. Groups: U.S. Application: “It is important for Catholic universities to implement in practical terms their commitment to the essential elements of Catholic identity, including activities of officially recognized student and faculty organizations and associations.”

9. Dorms: U.S. Application: “It is important for Catholic universities to implement in practical terms their commitment to the essential elements of Catholic identity, including the commitment to create a campus culture and environment that is expressive and supportive of a Catholic way of life.”

10. Health: U.S. Application: “It is important for Catholic universities to implement in practical terms their commitment to the essential elements of Catholic identity, including the commitment to provide health care in conformity with the Church’s ethical and religious teaching and directives.”



The Schools

1. Aquinas College

2. Augustine Institute

3. Ave Maria University

4. Belmont Abbey College

5. Benedictine College

6. The Catholic Distance University

7. The Catholic University of America

8. Christendom College

9. The College of Saint Thomas More

10. Franciscan University of Steubenville

11. Holy Apostles College and Seminary

12. Institute for the Psychological Sciences

13. John Paul the Great Catholic University

14. Magdalen College

15. Our Lady of Corpus Christi

16. St. Gregory’s University

17. Southern Catholic College

18. Thomas Aquinas College

19. The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

20. University of Dallas

21. University of Sacramento

22. University of St. Thomas

23. Walsh University

24. Wyoming Catholic College



The Guide

1. Aquinas College

4210 Harding Road

Nashville, TN 37205

(800) 649-9956

Aquinas-tn.edu

Enrollment: 900

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath NO*

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms YES*

Health YES

School’s comments:

Oath. “All Catholic full-time faculty, including all Catholic theology professors, make the profession of faith publicly on an annual basis. In consultation with our diocesan bishop, we came to the understanding that ECE and canon law require the oath of fidelity be taken by the president of the college, not by the Catholic theology faculty.

Our theology faculty have no opposition to taking the oath; we just do not understand it to be required of them. The mandatum is most definitely a requirement, and is conferred publicly by the bishop or his delegate.”

Dorms. “Aquinas College does not currently have on-campus housing. However, on-campus housing is included in its strategic plan with a target opening date of fall 2009; it is part of its plan that dorms not be coed.”

2. Augustine Institute

1300 S. Steele St., Suite 320

Denver, CO 80210

(303) 715-3279

AugustineInstitute.org

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms YES

Health --*

School’s comments:

Health: The Augustine Institute does not have its own student health services at present. But if we did, we certainly would exclude all referrals to abortion clinics.

3. Ave Maria University

1025 Commons Circle

Naples, FL 34119

(877) 283-8648

Naples.AveMaria.edu

Enrollment: 445

(includes grad students)

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms YES

Health YES

4. Belmont Abbey College

100 Belmont-Mount Holly Road

Belmont, NC 28012

(888) 222-0110

BelmontAbbeyCollege.edu

Enrollment: 900 (undergrads)

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms NO*

Health YES

School’s comments:

Dorms. “Belmont Abbey College does not have enclosed dormitories; all of its housing is either apartment or open air designs. The college has separation between men’s and women’s housing and curfew and visitation policy.”

5. Benedictine College

1020 North Second St.

Atchison, KS 66002

(913) 367-5340

Benedictine.edu

Enrollment: 1,553 (includes grad students)

Institutional:

President YES*

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath --*

Campus:

Ministry YES*

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms YES*

Health YES

School’s comments:

President: The president vowed to uphold the Catholic mission of the college in the presence of the archbishop during his inauguration; he is currently in correspondence with our archbishop to ensure that he has appropriately fulfilled the requirements of the Code of Canon Law.

Oath:We were under the impression that the mandatum subsumed the oath of fidelity; we are currently in correspondence with our archbishop to clarify his understanding of that point. All full-time theology professors must have the mandatum; in fact, the requirement we advertise is that candidates must be enthusiastic about obtaining the mandatum.

Ministry: The head of campus ministry is a Catholic priest and monk of St. Benedict’s Abbey. In addition to our head of campus ministry, we have six Benedictine priests who serve as chaplains and associate chaplains. All seven of these men have made a profession of faith and oath of fidelity.

Dorms:We have a single-sex housing philosophy that intentionally promotes a theology of the body based on Christian anthropology. One hall has both men and women in it, but they are separated by floor with a sophisticated security system that prevents intermingling between floors past visitation hours.

6. The Catholic Distance University

120 East Colonial Highway

Hamilton, VA 20158-9012

(888) 254-4CDU

CDU.edu

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES*

Oath YES*

Campus:*

Ministry --

Honorees --

Clubs --

Dorms --

Health --

School’s Comments:

Mandatum and Oath. “As an online university, our faculty is all adjunct. They do not take an oath of fidelity but every staff member is approved by our president, who is the bishop of our diocese.”

Campus: CDU is an online university.

7. The Catholic University of America

620 Michigan Ave. NE

Washington, DC 20064

(202) 319-5000

CUA.edu

Enrollment: 6,000 (includes grads)

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES*

Oath YES*

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms NO*

Health YES

School’s comments:

Mandatum. “The Catholic University of America has a unique status. Its School of Theology, School of Canon Law, and School of Philosophy are ecclesiastical faculties. The professors have a canonical mission from the Vatican rather than a mandatum from their diocesan bishop.”

Oath. “It is not required because of the canonical mission. Each year, at the invitation of the diocesan bishop who is also the ecclesiastical chancellor, the faculty make the profession of faith at the opening Mass of the academic year.”

Dorms. “Our residence halls are of two varieties: single sex and gender segregated by floor.”

8. Christendom College

134 Christendom Drive

Front Royal, VA 22630

(800) 877-5456

Christendom.edu

Enrollment: 500 (includes grads)

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES*

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms YES

Health YES

School’s comments:

Mandatum. “The diocesan bishop gives his approbation but not a mandatum.”

9. The College of Saint Thomas More

3020 Lubbock Ave.

Fort Worth, TX 76109

(817) 923.8459

CSTM.edu

Enrollment: 50 (undergrads)

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms YES*

Health --*

School’s comments:

Dorms. “The College of Saint Thomas More has living accommodations for about 30 students. In these, women and men share no common spaces.”

Health. “The school advises parents: ‘Our students have a tutor who advises them on all matters, and we also have a priest who resides on campus.’”

10. Franciscan University of Steubenville

1235 University Blvd.

Steubenville, OH 43952

(800) 783-6220

Franciscan.edu

Enrollment: 2,421 (includes grads)

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms YES

Health YES

11. Holy Apostles College and Seminary

33 Prospect Hill Road

Cromwell, CT 06416-2005

(860)-632-3010

HolyApostles.edu

Enrollment: 275 (includes grads)

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms YES

Health YES

12. Institute for the Psychological Sciences

2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 511

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 416-1441

IPSciences.edu

Enrollment: 45

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms --*

Health YES

School’s comments:

*There are no dorms on campus.

13. John Paul the Great Catholic University

10174 Old Grove Road, Suite 200

San Diego, CA 92131

(858) 653-6740

JPCatholic.com

Enrollment: Opening Sept 2006 — target enrollment 60.

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms YES

Health YES

14. Magdalen College

511 Kearsarge Mountain Road

Warner, NH 03278

(877) 498-1723

Magdalen.edu

Enrollment: 70 (undergrad)

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms YES

Health YES

15. Our Lady of Corpus Christi

1200 Lantana

Corpus Christi, TX 78469

(361) 289-9095

Colcc.com

Enrollment: 50

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum -- *

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms YES

Health YES

School’s comments:

Mandatum: “The diocesan bishop does not require a mandatum, but if he did we would certainly also require it.”

16. St. Gregory’s University

1900 W. MacArthur St.

Shawnee, OK 74804-2499

(888) STGREGS

StGregorys.edu

Enrollment: 700 (undergrads)

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath NO*

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms YES

Health YES

School’s comments:

Oath. “The diocesan bishop has conferred the mandatum through an interview with proposed faculty members and even campus ministers, conducted

either by the bishop personally or by his appointed vicar general.”

17. Southern Catholic College

330 Southern Catholic Drive

Dawsonville, GA 30534

(866) 722-2003

SouthernCatholic.org

Enrollment: 71 (undergrads)

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms YES

Health YES

18. Thomas Aquinas College

10000 N. Ojai Road

Santa Paula, CA 93060

(800) 634-9797

ThomasAquinas.edu

Enrollment: 359 (undergrads)

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum NO*

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms YES

Health YES

School’s comments:

Mandatum. “The diocesan bishop does not require the mandatum for Thomas Aquinas College’s program.”

19. The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts

6 Manchester St.

Merrimack, NH 03054

(603) 880-8308

ThomasMoreCollege.edu

Enrollment: 100 (undergrads)

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms YES

Health YES

20. University of Dallas

1845 E. Northgate Drive

Irving, TX 75062

(972) 721-5000

UDallas.edu

Enrollment: 3005

Institutional:

President NO*

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES*

Oath YES*

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms NO*

Health YES

School’s comments:

President. “The diocesan bishop has not asked for the profession and oath, but the president is willing to make both.”

Mandatum. “According to ECE, the mandatum is a matter between the individual theologian and the bishop, but the members of the department at UD expect all faculty to hold the mandatum.”

Oath. “Not known. The bishop has not asked the faculty to take the oath, but all faculty have indicated their fidelity in public forums and publications.”

Dorms. “Due to gender imbalance in enrollment, one residence hall is coed by floor.”

21. University of Sacramento

1531 I St., Suite 200

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 443-4760

UniversityofSacramento.org

Enrollment: 43 (grads only)

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms --*

Health YES

School’s comments:

Dorms. “The University of Sacramento does not have on-campus housing as yet. Their strategic plan for on-campus housing excludes coed dorms.

22. University of St. Thomas

3800 Montrose Blvd.

Houston TX 77006

(800) 856-8565

Stthom.edu

3,095 (includes grads)

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms NO

Health YES

23. Walsh University

2020 East Maple St. N.W.

North Canton, OH 44720

(800) 362-9846

Walsh.edu

2,200 (includes grads)

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms NO*

Health YES

School’s comments:

Dorms. “Freshman only.”

24. Wyoming Catholic College

P.O. Box 750

Lander, WY 82520

(877) 332-2930

WyomingCatholicCollege.com

Current Enrollment: Accepting applications for the first academic year, 2007/08

Institutional:

President YES

Board YES

Faculty YES

Mandatum YES

Oath YES

Campus:

Ministry YES

Honorees YES

Clubs YES

Dorms YES

Health YES