Catholic Studies programs and the colleges Admin Wednesday, September 10, 2014 A recent conference to honor the accomplishments of Don Briel, founder of one of the most successful Catholic Studies programs in America, points the way toward renewing the Church’s colleges and universities. © 2023 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: [email protected] The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.