“The teaching of the Z should be faithfully Catholic, conformed in all things to the creed of the Church and the decisions of the Holy See.” This was the first principle set down by the founders of Z as the foundation of all our work and guide for all future action. We are still faithfully Catholic today. 

Discover a Faith-Filled Community at One of America’s Best Catholic Universities

Service and faith are at the heart of our mission. In all that we do — academics, research, student life — we keep an eye toward that mission. Eighty percent of our undergraduate students are Catholic, and they enjoy many opportunities to celebrate and grow in their faith. hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including retreats, that are open to students of all religious backgrounds. , both on campus and at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Especially popular are Sunday Masses in with student-run music and liturgy. 

As a community, we answer the call to service. There are local . Each fall semester, hundreds of students, faculty, and staff turn out for our annual Mother Teresa Day of Service. In the spring semester, just as many turn out for our MLK Jr. Day of Service. On both days, the Z community fans out across Washington, D.C., to help those in need and put the Catholic Z mission into action. 

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Campus Ministry

Grow deeper in faith and friendship through Campus Ministry. Discover your passions and gifts, then use them to serve those in need.


Mass at Catholic Z

We welcome all to come and participate in Mass at Catholic Z. Look for Mass times and what to expect for first-time guests.

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Theological College

Theological College: The National Seminary of Z, serving the Church and our nation.