Catholic Summer School of America

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The Catholic Summer School of America originated at the end of the nineteenth century. A Catholic summer school is an assembly of Roman Catholics, both clergy and laity, held during the summer months. It aims to foster intellectual culture in harmony with Christian faith by means of lectures and special courses along university extension lines.


It first took form in the Champlain Summer School which was founded at New London, Connecticut, 1892, and located more permanently in 1893 at Cliff Haven, New York. The Columbian Summer School was established at Madison, Wisconsin, 1895, and was more permanently located at Milwaukee; the Winter school of New Orleans was founded in 1896, and the Maryland Summer School in 1900.


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Catholic Summer Schools". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.  The entry cites:
    • Catholic Reading Circle Review;
    • Mosher's Magazine;
    • Champlain Educator, I-XII;
    • Report of U. S. Commissioner of Education (1894–95);
    • Lavelle in Amer. Cath. Quart. Rev. (Jan., 1892);
    • Sheedy in Ecclesiastical Review (Oct., 1904);
    • Egan in Ave Maria (1892);
    • Conway in Report of Columbian Catholic Congress (Chicago, 1894);
    • Messenger of the Sacred Heart (Oct., 1902);
    • Catholic World (June, 1905; Feb. and Aug., 1906; March, 1909)