Latest news related to Catholic schools, universities, and trends.

Santa Clara University names new president

Fr. Kevin O’Brien, S.J., currently dean of the Jesuit School of Theology, will assume university's top post on July 1

Santa Clara University today announced that Kevin O’Brien, S.J., a theologian, Jesuit priest, and educator, will become the 29th president of Santa Clara University on July 1, 2019. O’Brien, 52, succeeds Michael Engh, S.J., who announced in June 2018 that he will be concluding his presidency at the end of this academic year after 10 transformative years. Since 2016, O’Brien … [Read more...]

Holy Family School in Citrus Heights will not close this year

Sacramento diocese gives struggling school another year to get on track

The following was posted on the Diocese of Sacramento website on March 17, 2019: Dear Holy Family Community: We are pleased to announce that Holy Family School is staying open. After strong efforts from parents, the parish, and the diocese, we are moving forward to register students for the 2019- 2020 school year. We acknowledge that this year has been challenging for all of … [Read more...]

Sisters of Mercy leaving El Cerrito school

After 63 years at St. John the Baptist School they're returning to Ireland

Father Michael Ryan faced quite a dilemma: He had built a brand-new school at St. John the Baptist Parish in El Cerrito but he had no Sisters to run it. In 1955, this was a big problem. No Sisters, no school. No nearby order could take on another school. In that summer of 1956, Father Ryan was visiting Ireland. He paid a personal call on Carrick on Suir, in County … [Read more...]

Tuition at University of San Diego passes $50,000 mark

With room, board and related expenses, a full year at USD will cost $67,211

The University of San Diego has raised its annual tuition above the $50,000 level for the first time, placing the campus among a relatively small number of private liberal arts schools nationwide who charge at least that much money. USD will charge $50,450 in tuition and fees during the 2019-20 academic year, a $1,700 increase over the current year. If you add room, board and … [Read more...]

Martin Sheen to deliver 2019 Santa Clara University commencement address

"Embodies our Catholic, Jesuit mission to serve the world"

Acclaimed actor and activist Martin Sheen has been tapped to give Santa Clara University’s 168th undergraduate commencement address at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at SCU’s Buck Shaw Stadium. Sheen, affectionately known as ‘The President,’ is best known for playing President Josiah Bartlett on the television show The West Wing (1999–2006), for which he won a Golden Globe and … [Read more...]

Westboro Baptists picket Loyola Marymount

Stop-off after the Oscars

The following comes from a Feb. 27 posting on the Los Angeles Loyolan. The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) staged a picket outside the back entrance of LMU on the morning of Monday, Feb. 25. The WBC is a church based in Topeka, KS and is infamous for its public criticism of the LGBTQ+ community, Catholics, Muslims, Jews, U.S. soldiers and other groups they deem sinful. The … [Read more...]

Calif. sex ed more intrusive than ever

No opting out of sex identity classes

The following comes from a Feb. 21 story on the Daily Signal site. Fed-up California parents participated in a “Sexxx Ed Sit Out” Tuesday morning to protest the state’s sex education curriculum, calling it “pornographic,” “age-inappropriate,” “highly biased and medically inaccurate instruction.” In an open letter to principals, lawmakers, and state Department of Education … [Read more...]

Four Norbertine sisters join St. John the Baptist School in Costa Mesa

Blessed with many vocations

The following is from a Feb. 14 story by OC Catholic.  Last month, four Norbertine sisters joined the faculty at St. John the Baptist School in Costa Mesa. The founding nuns of the Congregation of the Norbertine Sisters are from Slovakia. Since arriving in 2011, they have been blessed with many vocations. One of these vocations is the education and faith formation of Catholic … [Read more...]

“LGBT Ministry” workshops and liturgical dancers

L.A. Religious Education Congress

The following comes from a Feb. 6 story by One Peter 5. The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (REC) takes place this March 21 through 24 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The REC, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, is hailed as the largest annual convention of Catholics in the country, drawing nearly 40,000 Catholic educators and students each year. This … [Read more...]

Franciscan school to move to USD

Leaves Oceanside campus behind

The following comes from a Feb. 5 release from the Franciscan School of Theology. The University of San Diego (USD) and the Franciscan School of Theology announced today that the Franciscan campus, currently located on the grounds at Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, will be relocating to the USD campus in San Diego in the summer of 2019. The Franciscan school is the … [Read more...]