Catholic Colleges and Universities Host Presentation by Syrian Refugee

Last fall, the Shoval Center for Community Engagement and Learning and the study abroad office at King’s College hosted a presentation by Anas Allouz, a local student and Syrian refugee. Allouz told his family’s story of emigrating to the United States, arriving just over a year ago. He explained the joys and struggles that he and his family has faced in their journey.

Misericordia University also hosted a successful presentation featuring Allouz and his family as part of their Mercy Week programming. Additionally, Allouz shared his story in a presentation entitled “The Refugee Family Experience” at Marywood University, as part of Refugee Day, a day of programming and awareness hosted the Office of Campus Ministry. Before his talk, a candlelight vigil, outdoor prayer and procession were held in the university’s Memorial Garden.

These Catholic colleges reflect Pope Francis’ call for a Christian commitment to caring for refugees, especially in the current crisis, by raising awareness and educating their campus communities on the personal experiences of refugees.


Students Create a More Sustainable Tomorrow

MyActions, a student-powered college network for sharing sustainable and socially responsible actions, has recently announced the recipients of its latest Student Actions Awards for the 2014 Fall Semester. The awards honor undergraduate institutions for student leadership, momentum, and effectiveness of sustainability-related actions. Congratulations to the following ACCU members receiving awards:

  • Aquinas College
  • Boston College
  • Manhattan College
  • Marywood University
  • Mount Saint Joseph University
  • Saint Edward’s University
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • University of San Diego
  • University of St. Thomas (MN)
  • Villanova University
  • Xavier University

Responding to Nepal

Following the tragic earthquake in Nepal, member colleges and universities are responding compassionately. The people of Nepal need prayers and financial support now in order to heal, but they will also need continuing resources in the future to rebuild. Here are a few examples of how some of our member colleges are reaching out to help:

  • Caldwell University held a candlelight walk and program to support its 33 students and many alumni from Nepal.  Speakers at the program included Hritesh Regmi, a student from Nepal, and Dr. Nancy Blattner, president of the University.  Caldwell students have set up a Facebook page, “Caldwell University Prays for Nepal“, raising over $10,000 for the America Nepal Medical Foundation.
  • The Office of International Enrollment and Affairs at Gannon University set up a prayer space with prayer flags, candles, and paper to write encouraging messages showing their support for the earthquake survivors.
  • CRS Universities such as University of Dayton and Marywood University are connecting their campuses with prayer resources, giving information, and links to the CRS donation page in order to contribute to short-term relief and long-term efforts in Nepal.
  • Villanova University CRS Campus Ambassadors held “Fuel Up for Nepal” during finals–giving away fair trade coffee and chocolate at the library while collecting donations for the relief effort in Nepal.
  • Jesuit universities across the country are holding prayer vigils, taking up collections, and offering masses for the people in Nepal.

Is your campus offering support to survivors of the Nepal earthquake? Contact us at and let us know how your college or university is involved.