Category Archives: Catholic University

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.

CUA Field Day Welcomes Brookland Families This Sunday

Catholic U invites the Brookland & CUA community families to participate in a Field Day, which  is a free afternoon of sports and fun. Kids can learn a new sport, play games, and enjoy some exercise! Prizes and snacks will be provided. The field day will be Sunday, April 26th 2015 from 12:00-2:00 pm at DuFour Field, Catholic University. For more information check out the flyer below and to register click here.

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Polar Bear Plunge, Benefitting The Special Olympics, Returns To CUA

Photo courtesy of DC Special Olympics.
Photo courtesy of DC Special Olympics.

The Polar Plunge is  a charity event in support of  Special Olympics D.C. The event will take place at Catholic University’s  DuFour Athletic Center and at Cardinal Stadium from Thursday, Feb. 6 to Saturday, Feb. 8 2015. Sounds like a fun event for a great cause! From the Catholic University Department of Athletics website:

In order to participate in the plunge, individuals must raise a minimum of $50.00 to plunge with contributions going directly to Special Olympics D.C….The three-day event begins on Thursday, Feb. 6 with the corporate plunge, followed by the high school and university plunges on Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8.

On Friday, the CUA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will host the university plunge from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Several Cardinals athletics teams have signed up to participate and raise money for Special Olympics D.C. and for their specific team.

Along with the chilly plunge, there will be music, food, beverages, and indoor game of unified bocce with Special Olympic athletes.  All plungers will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a digital photo of their momentous jump into the pool.

To find out more information and to sign up, click here.

25th Annual Christmas Concert For Charity Coming Up On Friday December 5th

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

Many thanks to reader Katie for passing along the following information about this neighborhood tradition:

The Catholic University of America and the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will celebrate the 25th annual Christmas Concert for Charity on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Sponsored jointly by the University and the Basilica, the concert benefits a different charity each year.

This year, a freewill offering will be taken for the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation, which raises money to support a highly regarded infant and maternity hospital located 500 yards from the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem.

Monsignor Walter R. Rossi, rector of the basilica, said the hospital “stands as a beacon of hope for women, children and families throughout the Holy Land.”

“For 25 years, the National Shrine and The Catholic University of America have collaborated in producing the Christmas Concert for Charity,” he said. “I am pleased that for this 25th anniversary concert, we have chosen the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation as the beneficiary of the concert.

“The Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation raises funds to support the hospital, which provides urgent medical care to help the poorest of the poor throughout the Holy Land without regard to religion, nationality, or financial ability,” he said.

“Given the continued unrest and the many injured and displaced because of war in the very land in which our Lord walked, designating the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation as the beneficiary of this year’s 25th Anniversary Christmas Concert is a small collaboration in working toward healing and peace for peoples in the Holy Land.”

The first portion of the concert features the Choir of the Basilica, conducted by Peter Latona, director of music. The second half will feature the CUA Chamber Choir, University Singers, University Chorus, and the CUA Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leo Nestor, Justine Bayard Ward Professor and director of choral studies and the Institute of Sacred Music.

As in the past 14 years, the concert will feature the premiere of a new work by a CUA student or faculty member. This year’s performance features the premiere of “Nativity” by Jeff Cortazzo, a doctoral student from Palmerton, Pa.

“Nativity” is the first two movements of what will eventually be a full cantata focusing on the birth of Christ. Cortazzo drew the texts from the gospels of John and Luke.

“I believe the bible is the word of God, every single word, so to handle that is a very daunting task,” he said.

Other works performed at the concert will include:

•       Music composed as the Catholic faith came to the Americas:
•       The Peruvian processional hymn, “Hanacpachap Cussicuinin,” the earliest published polyphonic work in the New World
•       Manuel de Sumaya’s “¡Albricias mortales! que viene la aurora” for the Cathedral of Mexico City, performed by faculty and alumni soloists

•       A set of three works to pray for peace:
•       Francis Poulenc’s “Priez pour paix”
•       From Joseph Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai, “Agnus Dei … Dona Nobis Pacem”
•       Franz Xaver Gruber’s “Silent Night,” in a setting by Leo Nestor

•       Sussex Carol’s “On Christmas Night All Christians Sing”
•       Jan Sandström’s “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”
•       The premiere of Leo Nestor’s “I Sing of a Maiden”
•       Max Reger’s “Mariä Wiegenlied”
•       “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
•       George Frideric Handel’s “Hallelujah” in Mozart’s orchestration

Admission is free, and early seating is recommended.

Free parking is available at the Basilica Harewood Road parking lot. For more information on the concert, visit

The National Ballet To Perform The Nutcracker At Catholic U

Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of
Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of

Thanks to reader Jessica for passing along the following info:

The National Ballet, a 66 year old company based in the Washington DC area, will be performing “The Nutcracker” at the Hartke Theatre, Catholic University:

Known for high artistic quality and outstanding dramatic performances, The National Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” has been entertaining audiences for many years.  Exciting dancers from around the world dazzle the audience with their performances while the children display charm and skill in their many antics at the Christmas party.

The National Ballet Company will perform the full length ballet.  Tickets are available online at where they can be printed after purchase, or by calling 301 218-9822.  Discounts for schools, seniors, military, and groups are available for all performances.

Performance Schedule:
Dec. 5: 10:30 AM
Dec. 6:  2:30 PM and 7:00 PM
Dec. 7:  2:30 PM
Dec. 8:  10:30 AM
Dec. 9:  10:30 AM

Hartke Theatre is located on Catholic University’s campus at 3801 Harewood Road, N.E.

Catholic U Homecoming Is This Weekend

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Homecoming – it’s gonna be bananas!

As the Brookland nights begin to cool, and the leaves begin to turn, it can only mean one thing – CUA homecoming 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 16 – Sunday October 19th and there are a ton of activities in store. Check out the Catholic U homecoming page for the list of events.

Upcoming Opera And Shakespeare Performances From Catholic U

Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of
Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of

From time to time we try to post about the cultural goings on at Catholic University. It really is a great source of nearby entertainment at great prices. Here are two upcoming shows.

The opera Don Giovanni will be showing March 20, 21, 22, at 7:30 p.m. and March 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $5 – $20 – what a bargain! Purchase tickets here. From the CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music website:

An opera in two acts with Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. Drama and comedy collide as we explore the various incarnations of opera’s most famous leading man on his day of reckoning in Mozart and da Ponte’s immortal Don Giovanni. Is he pursuer or pursued? Will he ever know true satisfaction? Is it possible to save him from hell, or will he choose damnation over decency?

In April the CUA Theatre Department will be putting on The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare and directed by Eleanor Holdridge. From the CUA Drama Department website:

In Shakespeare’s classic tale about prejudice, revenge, justice, and redemption, one man’s efforts to win his lady’s love amid the fierce religious divide and bigotry of the Renaissance sets in motion a questionable business deal between his friend, the Merchant of Venice, and Shylock the Jew. The shocking consequences of that deal call into question the beliefs of Venice’s people, expose the tangled legal strains of mercy versus justice, and test the tenacity of young men and women in love.

The performance dates are April 24, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m and April 26 and 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $5 – $15 and can be purchased here.

Wow. Sounds exciting! Performances take place at the Hartke Theatre on CUA’s campus at 3801 Harewood Road, N.E. For more information and other CUA School of Music and Drama Department events, check out their events calenders here and here, respectively.

Take The Polar Plunge At CUA And Support The Special Olympics!

Photo courtesy of DC Special Olympics.
Photo courtesy of DC Special Olympics.

We recently learned about an interesting challenge, the Polar Plunge, in support of  Special Olympics D.C. at Catholic University. Sounds like a fun event for a great cause! From the event announcement:

Special Olympics DC athletes take on challenges in our community every day with perseverance, grit, and optimism, despite the difficulties they encounter. Show your spirit and commitment to helping D.C.’s 1,400 Special Olympic athletes by taking a dip into an icy cool above-ground pool while raising much-needed funds on their behalf.

The first-ever Special Olympics D.C. Polar Bear Plunge will be held on Saturday, February 8 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at Catholic University. There will be music, food, beverages, activities, and of course, plunging!

Find out more and register for the Plunge at You can set up an online personal page to participate in the Plunge, or you can donate directly to Special Olympics D.C.

Hope to see you on February 8.

CUA School Of Music Peforms ‘Sweet Charity’ This Friday – Sunday

Sweet Chartity logo courtesy of the CUA Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.
Sweet Chartity logo courtesy of the CUA Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.

This coming weekend, why not enjoy a live musical performance right here in our backyard? From the CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music website:

Sweet Charity is a tender, poignant and consistently funny look at the adventures, or rather the misadventures, in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guileless lady known as Charity Hope Valentine. Charity is a dance hostess who always gives her heart and her dreams to the wrong man.

Tickets range from $5 – $20 and the show will be performed at Hartke Hall on CUA’s campus. You can get your tickets here. For more information on shows put on by the CUA School of Music, many of them free, check out their calender here.