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600 Attend Way of the Cross on Good Friday
Catholic Students Write on John Paul II in Essay Contest
A Catholic University Founded by the Basilian Fathers
600 Attend Way of the Cross on Good Friday

On Good Friday, April 18, UST community members walked the Way of the Cross, with more than 600 participants. The procession began at the Chapel of St. Basil and ended at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Downtown, and was followed by a blessing by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo. Read more

Catholic Students Write on John Paul II in Essay Contest

Each year around National Catholic Schools Week, the University of St. Thomas collaborates with the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston on an Essay Contest for Catholic school students. With the most number of essays to date, Catholic school students, parents and teachers gathered to celebrate the winners of the 10th annual UST/Archdiocesan Essay Contest with a Mass and Awards Ceremony on Jan. 22 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Read about the winners.

A Catholic University Founded by the Basilian Fathers

The Basilian Fathers founded the University of St. Thomas as a Catholic university of higher learning, dedicated to achieving the aims of a classical liberal arts education.  By calling ourselves a “Catholic University,” we are committed to pursuing all of the aspirations and values the Church advances.

The University endeavors to further the mission of the Basilian Fathers by forming an academic community unified through its spirit of inquiry, love of knowledge, passion for truth and respect for religious and moral verity. Members of the founding order of priests are on campus and involved in the academic life of the University.

The University of St. Thomas welcomes Catholic and non-Catholic students:

  • The undergraduate population is 64 percent Catholic.
  • The graduate student group is 36 percent Catholic. 
  • The UST faculty are 70 percent Catholic.

Core Curriculum

The core curriculum at St. Thomas seeks to educate the whole person with a strong foundation in philosophy, theology, English and the humanities. The University embodies the principles of Ex Corde Ecclesiae and carries out its teachings in the light of Catholic ideals, principles and attitudes.


We pursue truth and academic excellence in the Catholic intellectual tradition, emphasizing the dialogue between faith and reason.


We build and nurture relationships that transform our lives, our university and our world.

  • Campus Ministry develops youth leadership in liturgical program, retreats and Bible studies and provides sacrament preparation.
  • Chapel of St. Basil offers daily Mass, regular confession and weekly adoration.
  • A faith-based on-campus community exists for integrating faith, academics and life.
  • Celts for Life club attends March for Life and participates in pro-life initiative.
  • The Office of Catholic Outreach hosts the annual UST/Archdiocesan Essay Contest.

Annual Lecture Series

Annual lecture series attracts renowned speakers such as the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, founder and editor of First Things; Dr. Janet E. Smith, chair of life ethics and professor of moral theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary; Dr. Ralph McInerny, Catholic scholar and author; and the Most Rev. Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston.

  • Aquinas Lecture
  • Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture
  • Archbishop J. Michael Miller Lectures
  • Pope John Paul II Forum
  • Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Lecture
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The University of St. Thomas, dedicated to educating leaders of faith and character, is a private institution committed to the liberal arts and to the religious, ethical and intellectual tradition of Catholic higher education. St. Thomas is Houston’s only Catholic University and was founded by the Basilian Fathers in 1947.


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