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Sheen as student in 1920

The Catholic University Years

SheenFulton J. Sheen came to The Catholic University of America as a student in 1920. He was 25 years old and a newly ordained priest of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois. 

He continued his studies in Europe, then returned to Catholic University in 1926 to begin what turned out to be a long and celebrated career as a professor of theology and philosophy. Father (then Monsignor) Sheen's course offerings ranged from “Philosophy of Religion,” to “God and Society,” to “Seminar in Natural Theology,” to a course on "Marxism."

For nearly a quarter century, Monsignor Sheen was a prominent member of the Catholic University community. He taught in room 112 in McMahon Hall, prayed daily in Caldwell Chapel, and studied in Mullen Library. During those years, The Tower, Catholic University's student newspaper, published more than 180 articles about Monsignor Sheen – his speeches, debates, books, and radio programs.

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The Tower Articles

Read articles about Sheen that appeared in the student newspaper during his years at CUA.

The Sheen Archive

Browse documents in the University's archive, as well as links to related articles on the CUA website.


Courses and Descriptions

Browse a list of the courses Sheen taught and the course descriptions provided.

Books by Sheen

View a list of the 66 books Sheen wrote, 34 of which were published during his years at Catholic University.


block quoteAfter twenty-three years of happy association, I take leave of the Catholic University academically, but not spiritually, for though I served as a teacher, I was nevertheless a pupil of its collective wisdom and I shall therefore always be bound to it as a willing debtor.

Rt. Rev. Msgr. Fulton J. Sheen
Letter of resignation, 1950