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Encounter Winter 2024

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To Many More Years

// Honoring His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo

Eucharistic Revival

// Re-igniting the Belief in the True Presence of Christ

We are UST

// Celebrating our Community

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President’s Letter

This edition of Encounter Magazine honors Cardinal DiNardo’s 75th birthday and glorious legacy, echoing the essence of our University’s mission to create spaces for encounter and dialogue where ideas intersect. UST is committed to fostering a Catholic environment rich in dialogue that mirrors True Presence.

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True Presence

If we believe that Christ is truly present in the Eucharist, how does that call us to live our daily lives?—in the Eucharistic Revival.

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True Presence In Lisbon

World Youth Day World Youth Day is not for the faint of heart. Inevitably, participating will involve sore feet, heavy bags, uncertain weather events, irregular meals and intensely crowded public transportation. In Portugal, our UST students experienced all these things plus record heat, sunburn, wildfire smoke, getting lost, fatigue and waiting hours in line for…

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“This new agreement is groundbreaking,” noted UST’s Associate Vice President for International Relations & Engagement Hans Stockton, “it launches the first academic collaboration between American and Mexican universities in which the academic focus is on masters degrees taught entirely in Spanish.”

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We Are UST

We are the only Catholic university in Houston. We are special. We are unique. We are an inflection point for the world’s future leaders in medicine, engineering, business, entrepreneurship, marketing, diplomacy, cybersecurity, theology, and so much more.

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Profile In Giving

On Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023, UST recognized members of the Major Giving Society, philanthropists who reached a new level in their commitment to the University at the annual Heart & Soul Dinner celebrating extraordinary giving. While the event is typically hosted in some of the city’s most glamorous ballrooms, this year saw UST’s Guinan Hall transformed.

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Celt Champions Setting The Bar

UST sets dazzling precedent for a promising future in NCAA Division III. See which championships they clinched.

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Imagination To Impressionism

Celebrating the realized imagination of a major partnership opportunity for the Art History Department, the University warmly welcomed the Allbritton Art Institute into the UST family at a special reception and inaugural lecture. With the new relationship comes a library of 4,000 art books and funding for students to study abroad, world-class art lecturers, scholarships, and a new faculty position in Art History.

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Theology Live

The newly re-vamped Master of Arts in Theology program – created for laypeople- prepares graduates to guide people to the truth, defend the faith and deepen their spirituality. A new in-person, online (with live professors) and on-demand format keeps the conversations flowing. Experience TheologyLive.

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Legacy of Love

Active as alumni, donors and students, newlyweds Connie Little ’61 and Lowell Davis, M.Ph ’10, worked with UST’s Planned Giving Office to handle Connie’s estate planning and now, Lowell’s will and bequest to UST through a new free tool, Freewill.

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Ad Multos Annos: To Many More Years

On Saturday, May 4, 2024, the University of St. Thomas will host several hundred guests for its annual Scholarship Gala, this one honoring His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, in celebration of his 75th birthday. The event will transform the ballroom at the Hilton Americas Hotel in downtown Houston into a grand Italian piazza, in.

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