Catholic colleges rate as workplace jewels

Recently the Chronicle of Higher Education issued its annual Great Colleges to Work For, 2010 issue, and a number of Catholic colleges and universities made the cut. The Chronicle surveys schools every year, and scores them as great workplaces based on the responses of faculty, professional staff and administrators. The results drew on responses from 43,000 people in 275 institutions.

Three Catholic schools made the 2010 honor roll: College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y., University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, and University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

Other Catholic schools that made the top 100 are Boston College; Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y.; Georgetown University, Washington; Marywood University, Scranton, Pa.; Niagara University, Niagara, N.Y.; and University of San Francisco.

Among the things respondents liked about their academic workplaces are knowing their voices matter, challenging and fulfilling work, and a place that just feels like home. For Catholic colleges and universities, a dash of faith goes without saying.

North and south of the Thames, preparing for the pope

The Archdiocese of Westminster, one of two Catholic archdioceses in London, has launched a blog for Pope Benedict XVI’s mid-September visit. The colorful blog includes information about preparations for the papal visit as well as interesting facts such as how fast the popemobile can go. Visit the blog here.

The Archdiocese of Southwark, which covers London south of the Thames River, also is preparing for the pope’s brief stay in the city. The archdiocese notes that although the pope’s public events are in Westminster Archdiocese, there will be plenty of opportunities to see the pontiff in Southwark Archdiocese. For instance, the apostolic nunciature, where Pope Benedict will stay, is in the Southwark Archdiocese.