Higher Education and the Future of Our Nation
According to a recent Pew poll, one-in-ten adults in the United States is a former Catholic. In 1974, 46% of American Catholics called themselves “strong Catholics.” In 2012, this number fell to 27%. College students in particular are abandoning their faith labels in record numbers—over 27% say they do not affiliate with any religion.
And yet, record numbers of young men are laying down their lives to serve as Friars Preachers. They join our ranks from acclaimed institutions of higher learning such as Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Boston College, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Fordham, College of the Holy Cross, and many others.
Formed in the tradition of our father St. Dominic and the theology of our brother St. Thomas Aquinas, these men will return as priests to reach our nation’s next generation of leaders through our campus ministries. To young minds hungry for Truth, they will bring reason illuminated by Faith. For Truth is to be found in a person: Jesus Christ.
“Students wander around in universities that provide them with a lot of information but no real wisdom for life except various conventions of political correctness. For this reason, the Gospel message of healing resonates deeply.”
– Fr. James Brent, O.P., campus missionary
“The conversations I had with Dominican Friars served to inform me of a new way of thinking. I began to wonder, ‘why am I not happy with my own philosophy? What’s missing?’ Ultimately, I decided the part of my model of the world that didn’t fit was my atheism. I signed up for RCIA and was received into the Catholic Church.”
– Leah Libresco, author of Arriving at Amen, Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer
“After graduation, I served as a campus missionary for two years at NYU with the Dominican Friars. Working day in and day out with them, I realized this way of life really might be for me—I entered the novitiate of the Dominican Friars in Cincinnati and received the habit.”
– Fr. Edmund McCollough, O.P.