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Summary:

Campion College of Washington, D.C. is a two-year college with an integrated Catholic liberal arts, great books curriculum designed to prepare students to transfer into a four-year university of their choice. It offers a single degree: Catholic Humanities.

 

History:

In 2002, a group of faculty members, administrators, and alumni of the St. Ignatius Institute of the University of San Francisco decided to act upon an idea they had been thinking about, praying over, and discussing for some years: an independent program embodying both the spirit and the curriculum of the original St. Ignatius Institute, free from the constraints of a larger university.

 

Mission Statement:

The mission of Campion College is to provide talented and disciplined young men and women with the solid foundation of an integrated Catholic Liberal Arts education and the academic preparation necessary for the pursuit of further studies necessary for a successful professional career. Its academic curriculum is grounded in the long and rich tradition of Christian humanism as it has been preserved and fostered within the Catholic Church. Because Christian education aims at the formation of the whole person in the image of the God--man, Jesus Christ, Campion College is committed to providing this education in an environment which fosters personal, spiritual, and social formation in fidelity to the teaching and tradition of the Catholic Church.

 

Affliations:

Campion College also has affiliation agreements with Ave Maria University of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio; and the pontifical International Theological Institute of Gaming, Austria whereby, prior to official accreditation, the courses of Campion graduates will be accepted for transfer at those institutions. At Gaming’s ITI, whose grand chancellor is Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Campion graduates will be able to complete a Master of Divinity degree with three years of additional course work.

 

Students:

Campion College intends to limit its initial enrollment to 15 or 30 highly qualified and highly motivated students. Admission requirements: minimum grade point average of 3.5; minimum SAT score of 1200. Exceptions may be made for students who have demonstrated ability and desire to pursue a demanding Catholic curriculum.

 

Administration:

The President of Campion College of Washington, D.C. is Robert Royal, director fo the Faith and Reason Institute.

 

Faculty:

Campion College is by intention a small, intense learning community. For the most part, at least in its early years, faculty will be adjunct faculty, teaching only one course per semester at the College, while being available to students in both formal and informal settings outside of class. Among those who have agreed to teach courses or lead seminars at the College are former faculty of the St. Ignatius Institute of the University of San Francisco.

 

Patron:

St. Edmund Campion was an English Jesuit martyred for his Catholic faith in 1581. In a time of persecution when many of the faithful and all but one of the English hierarchy had abandoned the Catholic faith, Campion began his studies, as an Anglican, at Oxford. He was a brilliant and eloquent scholar with a powerful and engaging personality. Some of Oxford's best students gathered around him as their mentor and he earned the patronage and goodwill of Queen Elizabeth herself.

He was ordained a deacon in the Anglican Church, but his study of the Fathers of the Church convinced him of the truth of the Catholic faith. He left England, entered the Society of Jesus in Rome, and eventually returned to England in disguise to support and defend the Catholic faith. "Campion's Brag", his declaration that his mission in England was religious and not political, was a sensation in his day and was circulated among Catholics to encourage them in their faith. His "Ten Reasons" explained why he had challenged the most learned Protestants openly to discuss religion with him.

He was betrayed after celebrating Mass and preaching clandestinely. At his trial, he declared: "In condemning us you condemn all your own ancestors…. To be condemned with these old lights--not of England only but of the world-by their degenerate descendents is both gladness and glory to us. God lives. Posterity will live. Their judgment is not so liable to corruption as that of those who now sentence us to death." He was hanged at Tyburn in London on December 1st, 1581.

St. Edmund Campion is a model of that eloquentia perfecta which was the hallmark of Jesuit education for centuries after his death.