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UST Parish Partners
UST Parish Partners is a partnership initiative between the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the University of St. Thomas.  As the only Catholic university in the Archdiocese, UST invites all individuals and parishes to experience our vibrant campus life.  UST also partners with the parishes to provide resources that will enhance Catholic life in their communities.

The University of St. Thomas’ relationship with the Archdiocese dates back to 1944, seen in this signed agreement between Christopher E. Byrne, Bishop of the Diocese of Galveston and Rev. Edmund J. McCorkell, Basilian Superior General.

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UST Parish PartnersArchdiocese Essay Contest (Youth): the annual writing  contest  for students in grades 3-12 enrolled in Archdiocese schools. Scholarships to UST are awarded to high school winners, and all finalists attend a Mass and luncheon at the Co-Cathedral with His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo! Contact: Elsie Biron, 713-525-3171,

Campus Tours: visit us 24/7 at, or experience UST in person on a field trip. Our beautiful campus in the Museum District will delight and excite you with world-renowned architecture, nationally recognized historical buildings, recreational facilities, and local popular eateries. Contact: Emily Stickle, 713-525-3504,

Dual Credit programs (High School Juniors and Seniors): you can begin college early at UST while still in high school. Our quality liberal arts education will prepare you for the real world while giving you a 75% discount on tuition! Contact: Admissions, 713-525-3500,

Doherty Library resources: your access to over 250,000 books and access to 58,000 periodical titles, and subscriptions to over 150 databases; including the John O. Whitney Readex Archive of Americana Collection: one of the world’s largest electronic collections of primary documents covering American history. Contact: Jim Piccininni, 713-525-2192,

Graduate degree programs: your choice of over 10 graduate degrees in the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary including the acclaimed Master of Liberal Arts degree. Contact: Robert Stephens, 713-942-3403,

Summer camps & courses: visit for the annual program schedule of academic, art, and athletic camps and courses for children and youth. Contact: Dr. Ravi Srinivas, 713-525-3804,

Undergraduate degree programs: your choice of 35 undergraduate degrees in the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing.  The Schools of Arts & Sciences contains our pre-professional programs for careers in dentistry, law, medicine, and the Cooperative Engineering Program. Contact: Emily Stickle, 713-525-3504,


Event Reservations: let UST host your next event or gathering on our beautiful campus. Contact: Facilities Operations,

Game & Performance tickets: cheer the Celts to victory as they continue their quest for more championships in basketball, golf, soccer, and volleyball or experience our students showcasing their gifts and talents in drama, fine arts and music at a performance on campus or in the Theatre District. 
Contact: filter for “Athletics” and “Performing Arts” at;  for registering groups in excess of 10 people, contact

Italian Festival (October): come celebrate the art, the food, and the music of Italy day or night from Friday to Sunday at UST Contact:

Seekers & Sages (Senior adults): learn something new and meet new friends as you explore UST, Houston and beyond on a day-long field trip.
Contact: Office of Advancement, 713-525-3100,

St. Patrick’s Day (March): the nationally ranked William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies invites you to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as it is celebrated in Ireland. Contact: William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies, 713-525-3592,


Campus Ministry: entrust UST to enhance your spiritual development through retreats, studies, and volunteer opportunities. Contact: Campus Ministry, 713-525-3589,

Center for Faith & Culture: come seek and understand the Catholic voice to the ongoing conversation about the meaning of life, and the liberty and pursuit of happiness we hold in common as Americans. Contact: Greg Arbogast, 713-942-5066,

Chapel of St. Basil: celebrate Mass with us in English, French, Latin, and Spanish at the Philip Johnson designed Chapel of St. Basil. For Mass Schedule contact: Campus Ministry, 713-525-3589,

UST Worldview: learn what UST has to say about our changing world each week on KUBE-TV Contact: KUBE-TV 57 or


Archdiocese Second Collection (2nd Sunday of September): each year, you can be a part of making an education from Houston’s only Catholic University accessible for our city’s students. Contact: Office of Advancement, 713-525-3100,

Individual Giving: support UST today through annual and capital gifts, and support UST for the future through bequests and planned gifts. Contact: Office of Advancement, 713-525-3100,

Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday): we welcome you to our annual tradition of celebrating the coming of Lent with style and taste as we support student scholarships. Contact: Office of Advancement, 713-525-3100,

Parish Scholarship Program: if you’re coming to UST, your parish may participate in this program to award a scholarship  for you. The University of St. Thomas and participating parishes of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese jointly sponsor the Parish Scholarship Program. Scholarship funds are raised internally by individual parishes and donated to UST for the purpose of providing tuition assistance to their members.  The University of St. Thomas will match each parish’s contributions up to $10,000.  To be considered for the scholarship, students must -identify their parish during the admissions process and be verified as a member by parish officials.  Scholarship monies are divided equally between students of each participating parish. Contact: Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid, 713-525-2170,

Additional Activities

Campus Parking & Security:
Contact: 713-525-3888,

Presidential Appearances:
Contact: Office of the President, 713-525-2160,

Recruitment for Parish internships or career opportunities:
Contact: Career Services, 713-525-3160,

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