Many Catholic parents who struggle to raise their children in the faith in a secular world often make great sacrifices to pay for solid Catholic grade and high schools, or make even greater sacrifices of time to homeschool them. Yet when it comes time to choose a college or university, finding an authentically Catholic institution is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.

Adding to the difficulty is that most nominally Catholic colleges actively teach students to ignore or oppose Church teaching, or undermine the faith in more subtle ways. It has gotten to the point where a parent might be more justified in beginning with a presumption that a self-described, traditional Catholic college is to be avoided until proven otherwise.

The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College will be published November 1, 2007, designed to help Catholic parents and students identify and compare Catholic colleges that really strive to provide a Catholic education. I have reprinted the table of contents below.

This sort of guide is designed to fill a very real need. I hope it does its job well. The authors and contributors appear to be from the “neo-” conservative Catholic group with which EWTN viewers will be familiar. I don’t know how traditional Catholicism is represented in this publication, but it may be worth checking out. If any reader buys this and wants to give a review, feel free to email me and I may cover it in a subsequent post.

Table of Contents


Introduction by Joseph A. Esposito
Foreword by Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.
Letter to Catholic High School Students AboutChoosing a College or University by His Excellency Most Rev. Elden F. Curtiss, Archbishop of Omaha

Finding God on a Catholic Campus by Father C. John McCloskey III
The Colleges
Joyfully Catholic
Christendom College Front Royal, Virginia, The College of Saint Thomas More Fort Worth, Texas, Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville, Ohio, Magdalen College Warner, New Hampshire, Thomas Aquinas College Santa Paula, California, The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts Merrimack, New Hampshire, University of Dallas Irving, Texas, University of St. Thomas Houston, Texas
Born from the Crisis
Ave Maria University Ave Maria, Florida, Holy Apostles College & Seminary Cromwell, Connecticut, John Paul the Great Catholic University San Diego, California, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy Barry’s Bay, Ontario, Canada, Southern Catholic College Dawsonville, Georgia, Wyoming Catholic College Lander, Wyoming
Fighting the Tide
Aquinas College Nashville, Tennessee, Belmont Abbey College Belmont, North Carolina, Benedictine College Atchison, Kansas, The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C., DeSales University Center Valley, Pennsylvania, Mount St. Mary’s University Emmitsburg, Maryland, St. Gregory’s University Shawnee, Oklahoma
What About Notre Dame?
Ex corde Ecclesiae
About the Cardinal Newman Society