Category Archives: Catholic University

Washingtonian Article Compares CUA ‘Town And Gown’ Dynamic To Other DC Campuses

Photo Courtesy of Monroe Street Market’s Facebook Page

We thought readers would be interested in a recent article in the Washingtonian about the relationships between DC Universities and their respective neighborhoods. The article is especially favorable towards our neighbor Catholic University, with passages such as this one:

Catholic, for instance, intentionally tried to nurture a student-friendly atmosphere around its campus, working with developers and nonprofits to build entirely new space for businesses and art studios. But it’s the exception. Around AU, as at most of the area’s campuses, neighborhood politics and zoning rules make it seem as if Washington wants students seen but not heard.

Much of the article compares CUA to American University, and as someone who attended AU (ok, a long time ago, but still) I would say that the characterization is spot on. I think it would be great to increase the “college town” vibe in our neighborhood even further. What do you think?


Polar Bear Plunge Benefiting The DC Special Olympics Returns To CUA

Photo courtesy of DC Special Olympics.

The Polar Plunge is an annual charity event in support of  Special Olympics D.C. The event will take place at Catholic University’s Cardinal Stadium on Friday, February 3, at 6 p.m. Sounds like a fun event for a great cause! From the Catholic University Department of Athletics website:

Everyone is invited to take the plunge in the swimming pool which will be erected on the field, directly behind the DuFour Athletics Center.

It is a quick dip that makes a big impact in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.

You can register online now at Set up your “Personal Plunge” page and you are on your way to freezin’ for a reason!

Register for the event and get more details here.

Heads Up – Fireworks Friday Night For CUA’s Luaupalooza

catholic U street art brookland ne Washington DC
Look up on Friday night!

Every year around this time local residents are taken by surprise by a fireworks display over Catholic U. We get Tweets and emails with people asking if they are hearing gunshots or lamenting that they didn’t know about it ahead of time, and would have liked to have enjoyed the show. So, we figured we would give readers a heads up. The fireworks are a part of Luaupalooza, a celebration of the end of CUA’s school year. This year the event will be Friday April 29th, and we are guessing the fireworks will begin when it gets good and dark outside. So, grab a blanket, find a clear view of the sky and enjoy!

Spring To CUA Event – Easter Egg Hunt, Moonbounce, And More

Easter Egg Brookland NE Washington DCThe annual Easter community event on CUA’s campus is always a fun event for neighborhood kiddies. This year the event, Spring to CUA,  will take place on Sunday, March 20 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm. The event is free and includes an egg hunt, moonbounce, face painting, duck pond game and an obstacle course. From the event page:

CUA invites the Brookland & CUA community families to join us for a fun spring afternoon!  Kids can enjoy a wide variety of treats, crafts, and activities including an Easter egg hunt.  The event is run by CUA student volunteers, who make the day a safe and enjoyable time for our welcomed community guests.

Register/RSVP for the event here. The event will take place on the  University Lawn (behind The Columbus School of Law). In case of rain, it will be indoors in the Pryzbyla Center – Great Room.

CUA’s Summer On Stage Program For High School Students

CUA's Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of
CUA’s Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of

This July Catholic U’s Drama Department will be conducting Summer on Stage, a program for high school students looking to improve their singing and acting skills. We thought neighbors who know of such aspiring students would like to pass along the info. From the program’s website:

The CUA High School Drama and Musical Theatre Institutes are two-week residential programs for students who wish to pursue intensive summer training in the performing arts. Study voice, movement, and acting with experts in the field.

  • Increase your ability to develop and demonstrate acting skills that require you to assume and sustain roles, use your voice effectively, and communicate character through movement and gesture.

  • Strengthen your singing and dancing skills and prepare for college auditions.

  • Draw inspiration from Catholic University instructors and theatre professionals.

  • Immerse yourself in theatre and college campus life, collaborating and living with others who share your passion for the performing arts.

For more information call 202-319-5358 or email cua-drama(at)cua(dot)edu.

CUA Public Interest Law Mardi Gras Masquerade Friday

We thought readers would be interested in this annual event for a good cause. From an email:

Each year our Public Interest Law group holds an auction to raise money for students who take unpaid legal jobs in the community. Last year, we raised $100,000 and were able to provide 15 students with summer stipends. There are several ways you can be apart of this year’s auction,  which will be held on February 12th, and help more students get involved in the public interest career sector.


Sneak Peek Inside CUA’s Heritage Hall

We were fortunate to attend an event to honor volunteers of Brookland based Casey Trees. We have driven by the location, Heritage Hall, on Catholic University’s campus many many times over the years and had always been curious about what it looks like on the inside. The Hall, which was recently restored in 2014, dates back to 1914. Hope you like the photos, as you can see it is a beauty! (Flash is required to view the photos, if you can’t see them, go here.)

CUA’s Cardinal Weekend/Homecoming Is October 23 – 25

As the Brookland nights begin to cool, and the leaves begin to turn, it can only mean one thing – CUA homecoming (Cardinal Weekend) is around the corner! One of the cool things about Brookland is the Catholic U alumni who discovered our neighborhood while in college and decided to make it their home after graduation. Homecoming is always a special time to reconnect with your alma mater and reminisce with current students, friends, and fellow alums. This year CUA’s homecoming will be held from Thursday October 23 – Sunday October 25th and there are a ton of activities in store. Check out the Catholic U homecoming schedule of events here for the list of events.

Outdoor Movie Night Sponsored By CUA Alumni Next Tuesday

Catholic University’s Alumni Association will be hosting Movies on the Mall on Tuesday, June 16th at 8:15 p.m. The movie will be Disney’s McFarland USA and  the event will take place on the University Lawn.

A food truck that specializes in varieties of sloppy joes, Neat Meat DC, will also be there. The event is free, but they ask that you register here or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 202-319-5608.

Pope Francis To Lead Outdoor Mass This Fall At Basilica/Catholic U

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

In January we wrote about the possibility of Pope Francis coming to our neighborhood when he visits this fall. This story in the Washington Post confirms the following:

The Archdiocese of Washington says the pope will celebrate Mass on Sept. 23 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Organizers say Francis will appear on the basilica’s east portico. The congregation is expected to assemble around the basilica on the university mall.

The Basilica is located at 400 Michigan Avenue, NE.