Faithfully Catholic: The Mount selected in Catholic Identity Guide 2013
The Guide describes the Mount as “faithfully Catholic” — and basing its findings on 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, (Out of the Heart of the Church), and other relevant Church documents.
“The Mount community is joyfully Catholic and we are honored to be recognized for remaining faithful to our Catholic Identity,” said University President Thomas H. Powell. “Our faith is evident in our classrooms, and throughout our campus.”
The NCR analyzed essential elements of each institution’s Catholic identity and campus culture, including: the presidential oath, composition of the board of trustees, faculty as witnesses of the faith, a requirement of the Mandatum from the diocesan bishop, a profession of faith and the oath of fidelity by Catholic theologians, availability of mass, campus speaker’s vetting process, student clubs, gender-specific residential halls and health services on campus.
The 2013 Guide also includes an essay defending Catholic colleges as essential agents of evangelization, written by Msgr. Stuart Swetland, the Mount’s vice president for Catholic identity and mission, and executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education.
Founded in 1808, Mount St. Mary’s University is the nation’s second oldest Catholic university — offering a rigorous educational experience rooted in the liberal arts.