OC met up with Fr. Peter Donahue, President of Villanova University, at a recent Wildcat basketball reception. We asked him for his elevator speech on the importance of Catholic education. Here’s what he had to say:

“Catholic education bases itself on the Catholic intellectual tradition which extends back to the founding of universities. And it is a tradition that speaks about the importance of the human being — and the importance of the human being to continue God’s creation by serving others. For a Catholic institution or for a student at a Catholic institution, I think one of the most important things about it is that there is an ethical background, a moral principle that is given to them that is discussed. We are able to discuss a variety of topics always in the context of faith, and so there is always a greater interplay between faith and reason and faith and learning.”