CATHOLIC IDENTITY

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Founded in 1947 by the Basilian Fathers the University of St. Thomas embodies the principles of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, committed to the religious ethical and intellectual traditions of Catholic higher education. We take pride in educating leaders of faith and character.

One of only 20 U.S. catholic colleges and universities recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society.
1 of only 20 U.S. catholic colleges and universities recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society. MORE>>
Key Symbols of our Catholicity:

Catholic chapel of St. Basil on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX

Faces the library on the academic mall signifying the importance of faith and reason in the Catholic intellectual tradition. Mass is held 7 days a week; confession is held every weekday. All attendance is optional.

 

University singers at the Chapel of St. Basil on the University of St. Thomas campus in Houston, Texas

Degrees include a Theology major for undergrads along with graduate degrees in Philosophy, Catholic Education, Faith and Culture, Theology and Sacred Music. The University Singers are an ensemble of music majors.

 
 

Campus Ministry at Catholic University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas

Open to students of all faiths at UST, offering liturgical programs, bible studies, volunteer experiences, and religious education courses advancing the motto of the Basilian Fathers: "Teach Me Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge." More>>

 

Mass of the Holy Spirit at University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas

There is a daily celebration. And at the beginning of the academic year, UST hosts the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Faculty lead the academic procession in regalia, followed by a liturgical procession of the Basilian priests on campus.

 
 

University of St. Thomas Campus Ministry at March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Sends students to Washington, D.C. to support the pro-life cause at the annual March for Life. In the past, UST has sent the largest group from any college in Texas.

 

Catholic procession with blessed sacrament at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas

Processions are held throughout the year. On Good Friday, community members walk the Way of the Cross, honoring the Passion of the Cross at 5 different stops.

 
 

University of St. Thomas Houston Catholic campus ministry retreat

Offered for students to hear talks, pray, reflect and enjoy time away from campus. This photo is from a retreat in Victoria, Texas.

 

Archdiocese of Houston-Galveston Catholic Essay Contest featuring Catholic school students in Houston, TX.

Each year, UST collaborates with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston on this event for Catholic school students. Read more and see photos.

 
 

Praying in the Catholic chapel of St. Basil on the campus of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX

UST is partnered with these parishes in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Learn more about the program here or contact Cindy Viaud.

 

The University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas offers a Catholic tuition waiver program

Full-time employees (and family members) in participating Catholic schools in the Archdiocese are eligible for a tuition discount at UST.

Learn more about Catholic Events and Activities at the University of St. Thomas