From the President's Desk
Columns by John Garvey published in Inside CUA, the online newspaper of The Catholic University of America
December 2013: President John Garvey writes about his recent visit to Mexico, upcoming Christmas events, and more.
November 2013: President John Garvey writes about neighborhood safety, October events, and the annual report.
October 2013: President John Garvey writes about the Affordable Care Act, the named chairs of the University, Homecoming, and more.
August/September 2013: President John Garvey writes about World Youth Day, the solar decathlon, upcoming events, and the value of higher education.
May 2013: President John Garvey writes about the Community Pledge, the Department of Health and Human Service mandate, the Solar Decathlon, Commencement, Monroe Street Market, and more.
April 2013: President John Garvey writes about the election of Pope Francis, the Department of Drama's 75th anniversary, and other April events.
March 2013: President John Garvey writes about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, recent athletic successes, Lent, and more.
February 2013: President John Garvey writes about the new business school, the Solar Decathlon, Lent, and more.
December 2012: President John Garvey writes about his activities in November and important events coming up in December and January.
November 2012: Reflections on the impact of Superstorm Sandy, and how the Catholic University community responded; Homecoming and Reunions weekend; emergency notices; and a reminder to vote.
October 2012: The University is getting more selective as its admit rate has dropped by more than 20 percent. At the same time, retention is up. Both are signs that bode well for the future.
August 2012: The President writes about developments over the summer as well as promoting our distinctive Catholic culture.
May 2012: President John Garvey writes about notable April events and provides a roundup of some significant events that occurred during this academic year.
April 2012: President John Garvey writes about the Cardinal Service Commitment, a sustainability pledge he signed, upcoming events, and more.
March 2012: President John Garvey writes about a recent mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services that affects Catholic University and reports on his upcoming travels in March.
February 2012: President John Garvey writes about a multi-media event to celebrate the University's 125th anniversary, the University Master Plan, the Solar Decathlon, and more.
December 2011: Updates on the Strategic Plan, the Master Plan, Hartke Week, South Campus, and the Cardinal Service Commitment.
November 2011: President Garvey reflects on Alumni and Reunions Weekend, the installation of the new rector for Theological College, and this month dedicated to remembrance and thanks.
October 2011: An update on earthquake damage and a report on the Board of Trustees retreat in Rome.
August-September 2011: Undergraduate education and undergraduate student life will be the focus of John Garvey's attention in his second year as president.
May 2011: President Garvey reflects on his first year as president and writes about short and long-term plans for the University.
April 2011: John Garvey reflects on the virtue of fortitude and its role in CUA athletics.
March 2011: The President reports on the strategic planning process and the master plan kickoff. He also reflects on the passing of Rev. Kurt Pritzl, O.P., dean of the School of Philosophy.
February 2011: Reflections on his inauguration, information about inaugural year programs, and a shout-out to the athletic department.
December 2010: Honoring outstanding faculty, cheering on the CUA men's basketball team, and a trip to Rome to witness two CUA graduates become cardinals are among the events highlighted in the President's monthly column.
November 2010: John Garvey reports on a successful Homecoming and Reunions Weekend, the attention of five U.S. Supreme Court justices, and expanding CUA's outreach to Hispanic communities.
October 2010: Reflections on the vibrancy of the Catholic faith on campus, outstanding student leadership, homecoming and CUA's first nighttime football game under the new lights at Cardinal Stadium.
September 2010: In his first column for Inside CUA, President Garvey writes about the largest freshman class in CUA history, the Mass of the Holy Spirit, South Campus development and more.
Columns written by John Garvey for The Catholic University of America Magazine.
A Cornerstone of Academic Excellence
A Win for Women
Majestic Buildings, Beautiful Grounds
Expanding Our Global Reach
Both President Garvey and Catholic University students are strengthening international ties.
Alumni, We Hear You
President Garvey reviews the results of a comprehensive survey of Catholic University alumni.
Back in the Classroom
President Garvey is teaching an undergraduate course in Constitutional Law. He says it helps him stay connected to students and to the heart of academia.
Filling an Empty Nest
Catholic University's students help John and Jeanne Garvey through a parental transition.
Articles by John Garvey
Essays and articles published outside of The Catholic University of America.
Op-Ed: A bogus ‘balance’ of health rights
Feb. 24, 2013, New York Post
Recent discussion of the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraceptive rules suggests that even fairly well educated people can longer carrying on a reasoned debate.
Why Benedict Resigned
Feb. 12, 2013, National Review Online
John Garvey reflects on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI from the papacy, and invites us to consider the example of humility the pope has set.
Op-Ed: Civility in America: Looking for Our Better Angels
Sept. 20, 2012, Stamford Advocate
The Catholic University of America President offers suggestions for resetting the tone of political discourse in America.
Ryken and Garvey: An Evangelical-Catholic Stand on Liberty
July 18, 2012, The Wall Street Journal
Why Catholic University and Wheaton College are suing to stop the Obama administration's contraception mandate.
A Matter of Faith and Freedom
June 3, 2012, The Chronicle of Higher Education
President Garvey likens the HHS mandate to the dilemma of Eleazar recounted in the Book of Maccabees.
For the Government, What Counts As Catholic?
May 25, 2012, The Washington Post
Garvey defends the principle of the separation of church and state.
Feb. 19, 2012, Chicago Tribune
University President John Garvey wrote a Feb. 19 op-ed about religious liberty.
Don't Trample Religious Freedom
Dec. 7, 2011, The Baltimore Sun
Commentary on the recent statement on religious liberty issued by Maryland's Catholic bishops.
Catholic University's Same-sex Dorms Foster Friendship, Respect
Dec. 1, 2011, The Washington Post
John Garvey responds to criticism of his decision to reinstate same-sex residence halls at Catholic University.
HHS’s Birth-control Rules Intrude on Catholic Values
Sept. 30, 2011, The Washington Post
President John Garvey criticizes new federal rules that require Catholic institutions to provide health insurance coverage for birth control.
Religious Liberty and Conscience Protection
Aug. 1, 2011, America
The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act would prevent any new health care mandates from infringing upon the rights of conscience that Americans currently enjoy.
Why We're Going Back to Single-Sex Dorms
June 13, 2011, The Wall Street Journal
Here is one simple step colleges can take to reduce both binge drinking and hooking up: Go back to single-sex residences.
The Idea of a Catholic University
November 2010, First Things
What distinguishes a Catholic university from others is a focus on uniting intellect and virtue, where the pursuit of truth is in harmony with loving and serving God.
Interviews and Other Articles
Anti-Semitism: A Growing Threat to All Faiths
Feb. 27, 2013
John Garvey's testimony before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations.
Imigration Activism as Almsgiving
Feb. 15, 2013
Catholic News Service video interview with John Garvey discussing the idea that taking action to promote immigration reform can be a form of almsgiving during Lent.
Garvey Testifies before House Committee
Feb. 16, 2012
President Garvey testified at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding the Department of Health and Human Services mandate requiring religious institutions to cover contraceptive services.
Still Seeking Answers to Life's Deepest Questions
Aug. 25, 2011
Speeches by John Garvey
Transcripts of addresses given by Catholic University's 15th president.
124th Annual Commencement Remarks
May 18, 2013
President Garvey offers advice to graduates on finding joy.
President Garvey Addresses Bishops
June 13, 2012
John Garvey delivered an address titled "Religious Freedom and the Love of God" at the General Assembly of the USCCB in Atlanta.
Remarks at the 2012 Columbus School of Law Commencement
May 24, 2012
President Garvey urged graduates to have faith, practice it, let it shape their work, and share it with others.
Address at CUA's 123 Annual Commencement
May 12, 2012
The president spoke to graduating students about the virtue of patience, "the seedbed of humility and justice."
125th Anniversary Founders Day Speech
April 10, 2012
President Garvey congratulated the University community on exceeding the goal of 125,000 hours of service to mark the school’s 125th anniversary.
Remarks at 9/11 Mass of Remembrance
Sept. 11, 2011
On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, CUA students gathered for Mass in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. President Garvey delivered a reflection after Communion.
Remarks on 9/11 Day of Service
Sept. 10, 2011
After the president spoke about the meaning of service in remembrance of 9/11, he spent the day working with students at one of the service sites.
Remarks at the Mass of the Holy Spirit
Sept. 1, 2011
President Garvey challenged the CUA community to perform 125,000 hours of service in honor of the University's 125th anniversary.
Address at CUA's 122nd Annual Commencement
May 14, 2011
President Garvey's first commencement speech at Catholic University focused on the virtue of mercy.
Inaugural Address – "Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University"
Jan. 25, 2011
At his inauguration as the 15th President of The Catholic University of America, John Garvey proposed that “the cultivation of virtue prepares the ground for the work of the intellect.”
Post-Communion Remarks for the Mass of the Holy Spirit
Sept. 2, 2010
In his first address to the entire CUA community, Garvey offered reflections on the role of faith in the life of the university.
Catholic News Service Columns
A Partnership Between Generations
Oct. 28, 2013
Passing on debts to children because of unrealistic and false promises to older generations does not fulfill our duties of social justice.
Jean Valjean and Immigration Reform
Sept. 30, 2013
Les Miserables, Victor Hugo's story of the pursuit of justice without mercy offers lessons about how to deal with illegal immigrants.
A Different Way of Parenting
Sept. 2, 2013
Looking for the right balance between providing necessary parental care and giving children room to breathe and grow.
Do I Look Fat in This?
July 29, 2013
The modern obsession with diet has some resonance in Christian tradition, but it goes too far when we make moral judgments about people based on what they eat.
Caring for a Family Member Is a Blessing and Benefit
June 24, 2013
Thinking of care giving as a nuisance to be outsourced misses the point about how much family members, especially parents, have to teach us.
Two Messages about Sex
May 27, 2013
Necessary emphasis on preventing abuse and assault calls for clear message about importance of sexual consent. But for Catholics, the message must also emphasize chastity.
Higher Education and 'Breaking Good'
April 29, 2013
TV show illustrates how good and bad actions build habits that form a person's moral character and why educators should teach both intellectual and moral virtues.
A Pope of Firsts and One Who Faces Challenges Ahead
April 1, 2013
No pope in 1,100 years had chosen a completely new name until Pope Francis. And no previous pope faced the same challenges as he does.
To Teach and Sanctify
Feb. 25, 2013
Bishop John M. D'Arcy's example affirms that a bishop's first duty is not to govern but to be a pastor and evangelist.
Reputation and the Hall of Fame
Jan. 28, 2013
A shutout for players at the hall of fame reminds us that reputation is just a shadow. The real thing is character.
Who Can Stop the Killing?
Dec. 31, 2012
We have to relearn the lesson that we are our brother's keepers, and teach our children habits of virtue, not leave them to chart their own course through the moral life.
The Dark Age of Science
Nov. 26, 2012
There is an ancient human desire to pin the blame on someone – anyone – when things go wrong. Recently, it's scientists who are taking the fall.
Spending Time Outside a Linguistic Empire
October 1, 2012
How is it that the rest of the world speaks several languages, and we Americans know only our own?
Assisted Suicide and Mary's Assumption
September 3, 2012
With assisted suicide measures on the ballot in three states this November, the Assumption of Mary reminds us that eternal life is about bodies no less than souls.
Fulton Sheen, Apostle of Television
July 30, 2012
Recently declared "venerable" by the Church, Archbishop Fulton Sheen was a prophet who taught that life's questions have true and false answers.
Demand Creates the Economy of Sin
July 2, 2012
Mexico's presidential election confronts drug violence and the huge sums of money Americans pay to satisfy their drug cravings.
A Father's Role in Marriage Reassures the Young that Love Is Lasting
May 28, 2012
Although dads are doing better at parenting, they are doing much worse at marriage.
A Catholic Education Helps Us to Think about God's Constant Presence
April 20, 2012
Faith transforms reason, imbuing it with the power to contemplate the highest truths.
Fasting Builds Spiritual Muscle
March 16, 2012
Voluntary sacrifices prepare us to bear, with a Christian spirit and without whining, the deprivations we will inevitably suffer in life.
Is Anybody Out There?
Jan. 30, 2012
As Catholics, we believe that God created the whole universe, visible and invisible. If there is other life out there, it would only add to God’s greatness, to our own insignificance, and to his love for us despite our insignificance.
Where Have All the Heroes Gone?
Jan. 02, 2012
Reflecting on the example of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, Garvey writes, "Boys and girls need heroes. It would be great if they picked saints, but there is no harm in admiring athletes, too, if those athletes live virtuous lives."
Muslim Students at The Catholic University of America
Nov. 28, 2011
Contrary to ideas expressed in a lawsuit against CUA by a self-appointed advocate for Muslim students, when it comes to issues of religious liberty, all faiths are on the same side.
'The Better Angels of Our Nature'
Oct. 24, 2011
It is right to punish criminals to redress the harm that they have caused. But the better understanding of the Gospel is that we should stop short of killing.
'A Fallen World'
Oct. 3, 2011
Jesus told us that we will always have the poor with us. But he also said that, when the Son of Man returns in glory to welcome the just into heaven, he will focus on their personal attempts to do what is right: "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me."
Aug. 29, 2011
Is pregnancy a disease? Should Catholics, purchasing insurance for themselves or their employees be forced against their consciences to subsidize its prevention? These questions lie at the heart of new regulations just issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Why We Need Catholic Teachers
Aug. 1, 2011
Many people in academia have questioned the value of a requirement to recruit and appoint Catholics as professors. It is an important question, given Americans’ aversion to hiring quotas and the apparent irrelevance of religion in certain areas of study.
Is the Pope Catholic? Just Ask the National Labor Relations Board
July 4, 2011
Which schools are Catholic and which are not? And who decides? Even the church’s modern-day efforts to assert itself as the arbiter – beginning with the 1990 apostolic constitution “Ex Corde Ecclesiae” – have proven somewhat controversial.
Killing bin Laden
May 30, 2011
On the night that we learned of Osama bin Laden’s death, I was tempted to rejoice. If I had been downtown, I might have at least considered joining the flash mob that showed up a few miles from our campus at the White House to celebrate the death of the world’s most famous and feared Islamic terrorist.
The School of Virtue
May 2, 2011
Our culture has a tendency to idealize youth and downplay the importance of age and experience. As a result, young people may not realize, until they are much older, the value that their parents added to their own character and understanding.
The Doctor's Freedom of Conscience
March 28, 2011
One mark of a free society is that its government does not criminalize virtue or compel formal cooperation in evil.
Newman on Intellect and Virtue
March 7, 2011, CNS
When Pope Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman in September, he did so to draw our eye to his example and teachings -- particularly to the vision he had for Catholic intellectual life in the modern world.
Appointing Bishops, from Henry IV to Hu Jintao
Jan. 31, 2011, CNS
Most people know that the College of Cardinals elects the pope. But most do not know the origins of the college in a heated 11th-century dispute over the powers of church and state.
The Habit and the Veil
Dec. 27, 2010
France's recently enacted ban on women wearing veils in public would never survive a challenge in American courts.
Nov. 29, 2010, CNS
Prolonged exposure to gratuitous violence, even the virtual violence of video games, is likely to have a bad effect on children’s formation.
Religious Liberty and American Muslims
Sept. 27, 2010, CNS
As Catholics in the public square, our integrity and our hope to be credible moral voices require us to stand up for the religious freedom of all Americans – including the Muslims at ground zero.