Embrace the close-knit community formed through Campus Ministry, and discover numerous ways to explore your interests while living out the mission of the Gospel.

Whether you come together based on a shared passion for advocacy, service, brotherhood, sisterhood, athletics, or another interest, you will find yourself surrounded by those equally passionate about carrying out the important work of building God’s kingdom.

Explore the student groups below and grow deeper in friendship with like-minded peers. If you are interested in forming a new faith-based group, we invite you to share your ideas with a member of our Campus Ministry staff.


  • Alpha Phi Omega

    Alpha Phi Omega is a national service fraternity, which is based on the principles of the Boy Scouts.

    Since its founding, it has become gender inclusive, and its aim is to build the qualities of Leadership, Friendship, and Service in college students. At Catholic University, the Zeta Mu Chapter was founded in 1948, and has been serving the campus and its surrounding community ever since.

    Nationally, there are 367 active chapters across the United States, and there are even international chapters, too!

    APO is a great opportunity to join a brotherhood of people from all over who share a value of service, the bond of friendship, and the drive to become leaders.

    Alpha Phi Omega teaches through the principles of Leadership, Friendship, and Service that we are architects of our own ambitions and that each of us has the opportunity to develop ourselves to be whatever we seek to be.

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    Interested in joining us?

    You can follow us on social media to find out the latest news and events from Zeta Mu. Learn more about upcoming events on our Nest page.

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    Learn more about APO as a National Organization.

  • Best Buddies

    Catholic University students are paired with a friend with mental and physical disabilities. Visit our Nest page for more information.

  • Cardinals for Life

    Through community outreach and education initiatives, Cardinals for Life is committed to spreading the Gospel of Life in unison with the pro-life mission of the Catholic University of America.

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  • Catholic Athletes for Christ

    Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) is a national organization with the mission to serve Catholic athletes and share the Gospel in and through athletics. 

    In 2008, the first college chapter of CAC began at the Catholic University of America as a ministry to athletes on campus. In its ninth year now, the CAC chapter on campus seeks to meet the spiritual needs of athletes through weekly meetings, an annual retreat, and by providing representatives that serve as resources to teams and coaches. CAC is open to all Catholic University of America athletes in NCAA, Intramural, and Club sports.

    For more information, please contact Meg Colline, President of CAC, or Pat Fricchione, Campus Minister for Retreats and Athletics.

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  • Esto Vir

    Esto Vir is a name and an exhortation; it is a title, a way of life, and a humble challenge to perfect holiness.

    Meaning "Be a Man!" in Latin, Esto Vir is a brotherhood of Catholic men that began within the Office of Campus Ministry over 15 years ago.  It offers men at The Catholic University of America a place to learn about their faith and live it out together with a distinctive spirituality. Since its founding, hundreds of men have received faith formation through Esto Vir.  It has inspired similar groups under the same name at other Universities, although there is currently no formal connection among them. For more information about Esto Vir, please contact Daniel Glasgow, who currently serves as Paladin, or Pat Fricchione, the Associate Campus Minister for Men's Ministry and Retreats.

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  • Gratia Plena

    This women’s group explores feminine dignity through the teachings of the Catholic Church and devotes themselves to strengthening the bonds of authentic sisterhood through faith and service.

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  • Habitat for Humanity

    About CUA Habitat
    The Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity at The Catholic University of America was founded in 1997. The mission of our organization is to spread the love of Habitat and help students become lifelong advocates for adequate and affordable housing for all. Students can help bring simple, decent housing to families in the D.C. area and nationwide in various ways, including day builds, weekend retreat builds, and spring break trips!

    Our chapter has grown rapidly since it was founded. We now offer day build trips on two Saturdays per month, two annual fall retreats, one spring retreat, and five Collegiate Challenge Spring Break trips to various locations across the country. For day trips, we serve in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.  

    This year we also had an international build trip to Nicaragua, which occurred in late May 2018!  

    Our Mission
    Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope!

    Getting Involved
    Visit CUA Habitat's website here for more information about day trips, spring break trips, retreats, and how you can support CUA Habitat.

    To get on our email list join CUA Habitat on The Nest or email cuahabitat@gmail.com.  All are welcome! No building experience necessary.

    Contact Information
    For general questions, day trips, and retreats contact: cuahabitat@gmail.com 

    For spring break questions contact: cuahabitatspringbreak@gmail.com 

  • Knights of Columbus

    A chapter of the larger 1.9 million-member global organization, Knights of Columbus is dedicated to and inspired by the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. Pay for dues here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14sR_pkgmYJwJA8B2zJhbY0ICRfDs7Trx0RK8qqY_eDQ/edit

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  • Redefined

    Redefined is an off-campus outreach to local schools and parishes that explores and promotes Church teaching on human sexuality and their application to everyday life.

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  • The Catholic Daughters for the Americas

    Rooted in sisterhood and service, this faith group is dedicated to the love and promotion of justice, equality, and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all.

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