MOBILE – The role of higher education is to provide the foundation for young people to build a life and not just a career, Catholic Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi told Troy University officials here on Thursday during a luncheon at the Battle House Hotel.
The Most Rev. Rodi, who has served as Archbishop of Mobile since 2008, addressed a gathering of TROY officials before signing a long-term lease for a Catholic ministry center that will be included in a 376-bed faith-based residence hall on the Troy Campus. The residence hall, which is about 67 percent complete and expected to be operational in August, will house a 2,300 square-foot Newman Center.
“It is the essential role of a university to build the foundation on which students will prepare to not only make a living but also build a life,” the Most Rev. Rodi said. “A university is more than just a place where learning takes place in classrooms. It is a place that encourages dialogue of differing ideas. It is that type of dialogue that makes the heart feel and compels us to act.”
So many choices avail themselves to young people today and those choices extend to one’s values system, the Most Rev. Rodi said.
“More than any time in our history, we live in a world of choices,” he said. “Choice can enrich our lives and faith plays a specific role in the values of life. We welcome the opportunity that Troy University has extended to us and we look forward to this ongoing relationship.”
Newman Centers are found on secular university campuses throughout the world and on more than 270 campuses in the United States. The Center at Troy University represents collaboration with St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Troy and the Archdiocese of Mobile.
Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY Chancellor, welcomed the Archbishop as a member of the Trojan family, presenting him with a Trojan statue.
“This relationship speaks to the very heart of our University motto, which dates back to our founding in 1887, educating the mind to think, the heart to feel and the body to act,” Dr. Hawkins said. “We are grateful for the Archbishop and we look forward to this new relationship that will be of great benefit to our students.”