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‘Faithful Catholic colleges’ see enrollment boom

‘A light shines brightest in the darkness’

“Faithful Catholic colleges” are seeing an increase an enrollment according to a new report.

The interest in theologically sound colleges comes due to the work of the Cardinal Newman Society, which publishes a guide of faithful colleges.

“We keep hearing people refer to a ‘Newman movement’ because these faithful Catholic colleges just keep growing and setting the example of how to attract families today,” President Patrick Reilly told The Daily Signal.

“According to a release from the organization, Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina saw its largest incoming class ever (1,654 students) for the 2023-2024 school year, a 10% increase from last year’s enrollment numbers,” the conservative news outlet reported.

“A light shines brightest in the darkness, and increasing numbers of Catholic families are choosing the faithful Catholic colleges recommended in The Cardinal Newman Society’s Newman Guide, ” Newman Society stated in a news release.

“Meanwhile, in Kansas, Benedictine College boasted a record undergraduate class of 2,213 students, marking a 121% growth for the college over the past two decades,” the Daily Signal reported.

Other schools including Catholic University of America and Christendom College have seen similar interest.

Conservative Catholic universities University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, and Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio both welcomed their largest freshmen classes in history.

Franciscan’s increased enrollment has reportedly caused a good problem – daily Masses are standing room only.

Thomas Aquinas College also reportedly hit its capacity, and as noted by Newman Guide, added a second campus in Massachusetts in 2019. The school has a history of producing priests and other religious vocations, such as nuns, as previously reported by The College Fix.

The increased interest in endorsed Catholic colleges come as once-solid universities like the University of Notre Dame embrace abortion and transgenderism.

The university recently allowed a drag show on campus, which drew a rebuke from the local bishop, Kevin Rhoades. During Mass on campus, Bishop Rhoades condemned the drag show as “unholy.” He also previously rebuked the university for hosting an “abortion doula” on campus.

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