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Community Welcome to Celebrate 45 Years of Concert Band at the University of Mary

Public invited to free Spring Concert BISMARCK, ND — In 1972 a Mandan High School music director was gaining recognition in the state for instilling an enormous amount of pride and passion into his young band performers—marching band, concert band and jazz ensemble. His excellence showed in the quality of music his students were producing. That success drew the respect of then-Mary College President Sister Thomas Welder. So much so, she asked this director—Ernie Borr—to start for Mary what would be the beginning of one of the most heralded and prestigious band programs in the Upper Midwest. “Ernie had an ability...

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Internationally Acclaimed Catholic Columnist George Weigel Headlines 2017 Vocations Jamboree

Weigel to deliver keynote address and receive prestigious Lumen Vitae Medal BISMARCK, ND — George Weigel, biographer of St. John Paul II and Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, will offer the keynote address at the University of Mary’s Vocations Jamboree. For the second time in as many years, the University of Mary is partnering with the Diocese of Bismarck, Annunciation Monastery and Assumption Abbey to host the annual event, which is free and open to the public. The Vocations Expo, which will showcase the unique charism, mission and history of each group, draws vocation directors...

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University of Mary Presents Iconic Broadway Musical Hit Fiddler on the Roof

BISMARCK, ND — “Fiddler on the Roof” could be regarded as an example of when cultural traditions can go awry. Or at the very least, make life very interesting or cause complications between parents, their children and innocent bystanders in a changing political and social landscape. The 1905 story follows Tevye, a milkman, husband and father in Tsarist Russia, who tries to follow their Jewish tradition of having a village matchmaker find husbands for his five daughters. The plot thickens as the older daughter becomes less enthusiastic about the idea and convinces her sisters how little control they have over...

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University of Mary Surges Pass the $60 Million Milestone in Vision 2030 Fundraising Campaign

BISMARCK, ND — Drip. Drip. Drip. That sound of water is heard across North Dakota as the thermometer continues to climb and the snow recedes. Likewise at the University of Mary, as the temperature heats up, fundraising efforts continue to melt away at the $96 million Phase I goal. The University of Mary announced today it has surpassed the $60 million milestone mark in Phase I of its three-phased $272 million Vision 2030 Campaign. “We are deeply humbled and forever grateful to all our benefactors and friends of the University of Mary whose contributions have helped us reach this significant...

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University of Mary Welcomes Bishop From Diocese with Largest Percentage of Catholics in America

Public Invited to Attend Free Event BISMARCK, ND — A year ago this month, when Pope Francis visited Mexico, the Holy Father had two United States bishops accompany him for the five-day trip. Bishop Daniel Flores of the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, TX, was one of those two at the pontiff’s side during visits to all six Mexican cities. Flores had met Francis once before, a year prior in 2015, during his pilgrimage to the United States. “I walked away feeling very affirmed that the role of bishop is a pastoral one, one in which we must lead by...

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