Alma Mater


  • Latin: nourishing or bounteous mother


Title given by ancient Romans to certain goddesses; now applied to universities and schools, considered as “foster mothers” of their students. The Bull of Pope Clement V postponing the opening of the 15th (Ecumenical Council, at Vienne, from 1 October 1310 to 1 October 1311, is entitled “Alma Mater.”

MLA Citation

  • “Alma Mater”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 November 2019. Web. 7 March 2021. <>