Category: Momentum

University of Mary Receives $750,000 from The Tom and Frances Leach Foundation

BISMARCK, ND — The Tom and Frances Leach Foundation has gifted three-quarters of a million dollars to the Vision 2030 Capital Campaign at the University of Mary. “We are extremely grateful to the foundation and feel very blessed by their continued partnership and support,” remarked Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary. “We are humbled that over the course of our relationship, the University of Mary has been the largest single recipient of gifts from the foundation. How providential and appropriate that the Leach Foundation, which has spent decades building community in our midst, is helping the University of...

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University of Mary Campaign Will Reshape Campus and Enrich our Students

  Vision 2030 Capital Campaign to raise $272 million for New Programs and Facilities BISMARCK, ND — As students began their walk to early morning class and the sun’s rays filtered through the fog casting an orange hue over campus from the eastern horizon on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, a thunderous pounding by a backhoe could be heard, putting an exclamation mark on the start of what will be a $272 million capital campaign at the University of Mary. Mary President Monsignor James Shea publicly announced the new and historic strategic plan at a press conference today, Monday, October 19, 2015. He stated the new Vision 2030 Campaign, the largest in the school’s history, spans the next 15 years over three phases and will not only markedly transform the look of campus, but just as importantly bring “distinction, service and relationships to our students and graduates, so they can live fully and live well with the insights necessary to be leaders in their workplace and community.” Shea added that as Bismarck-Mandan and the surrounding areas in North Dakota continue to grow, so does the University of Mary as it welcomes more and more students from the region and around the world. “After two years of consulting and engaging our founding Sisters, alumni, faculty, administration, community members, students, parents, donors and trustees, we feel this is a collective vision for...

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Sweetness and light

“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth: and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” -Pope Saint John Paul II, Fides et Ratio In 1704, the great Irish satirist Jonathan Swift poured his formidable intellect into a defense of classical learning in an essay titled “The Battle of the Books.” “The Battle of the Books” was Swift’s response...

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