UOWC received its founding impetus at the World Conference on Catholic Education held in Toruń, Poland in 2008, presided over by the Prefect of Catholic Education, Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski. UOWC founders are signatories of the TORUŃ DECLARATION in support of Ex corde Ecclesiae. Dr. Gerard O’Shea of the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne, a conference speaker and signatory, first suggested the connection with Campion College Australia, and the UOWC network rapidly developed from there.

UOWC Founders present in photo: Peter A. Redpath, Ph.D. (holding paper, immediately left of Cardinal Grocholewski); Patrick S.J. Carmack, J.D. (head visible – third from right edge of photo); Curtis Hancock, Ph.D. (on right edge of photo); Stephen F. Bertucci (partially visible behind Dr. Hancock); Prof. dr. hab. Piotr Jaroszynski, Chair of Philosophy of Culture, Pope John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland (standing in rear between Dr. Redpath and Cardinal Grocholewski). [Not in photo but present: Tom Michaud, Ph.D.]

Participants in the World Congress on Catholic Education held in Toruń, Poland, November 22, 2008 including the Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, His Eminence Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski, together with Archbishop Stanislaus Wielgus, former member and consultant to the Congregation of Catholic Education and a member of the humanities section of the European Academy of Science and Arts; Their Excellencies Bishop Andrzei Suski and Bishop Stanislaus Napierala; Catholic priests, scholars and educators from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and the USA.