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$75,000 gift to CUA’s School of Social Service

  Mary Catherine Jennings-Holden

To call Mary Catherine Jennings-Holden an illustrious graduate of CUA is an understatement. Born in 1916, the Parkersburg, W.Va., native received her M.S.W. from the National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) in 1955 and quickly began to excel. She worked in the international program of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW, later renamed the Department of Health and Human Services), then was named the first social welfare attaché in the history of the U.S. Department of State. In this position, she was posted in Rio de Janeiro for 12 years. After her tour, she returned to HEW. She also worked for the Girl Scouts of America in New York City and as a teacher in her hometown. Throughout her career, Jennings-Holden was an active member of the National Association of Social Workers as well as the International Council of Social Work and was involved in many other organizations that promoted education and human rights.

Jennings-Holden didn’t confine her world travels to her professional life. She was a passenger on the first voyage of the RMS Queen Mary following the ship’s rehabilitation from a troop ship in World War II. After her marriage to John B. Holden following her retirement, she continued an active travel schedule with her husband, visiting friends and family around the globe.

Mary Catherine Jennings-Holden died on Dec. 23, 2012. Grateful to Catholic University for the education she received and the opportunities it presented her, she bequeathed $75,000 to NCSSS.

With undergraduate and graduate programs in social work, NCSSS stands out for delivering a quality education for those seeking to enter the social work profession as clinicians, practitioners, and professors. The B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs, both accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, remain committed to excellence in the field and the classroom. The Ph.D. program, the third oldest in the nation and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, continues to produce social work scholars who further the development of the profession through research, knowledge building, and leadership.

If you would like to help ensure a future for students in NCSSS, click on the “Make a Gift Button” on the Give to CUA website and specify NCSSS as a gift designation. You may also send contributions to The Catholic University of America, Attn: Office of Institutional Advancement, Aquinas Hall #106, 620 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20064.