Troy University officials, Troy University Foundation officers and the Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile formally opened and dedicated the John Henry Cardinal Newman Center residence hall with a Sunday afternoon ceremony.
“Our students – and our parents – are particularly pleased with having a residence hall where the students can learn from one another and study the diversity that is found on the Troy Campus," said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor. “Increasingly our society has become less civil, and taking steps such as this is important in restoring civility around the world."
Dr. Hawkins noted that some 70 countries are represented on the Troy Campus.
The 376-bed residence hall, which is open to all TROY students, is owned, operated and its construction funded by the Troy University Foundation, a non-profit organization funded by private donations. The Foundation is leasing the land on Collegedale Street where the residence halls are located from the University.
“Universities are centers for knowledge and wisdom," said Archbishop Thomas Rodi, “and those are not synonyms. We hope that the Newman Center will become a central avenue for students to learn and develop wisdom."
The residence hall contains a 2,300-square foot Catholic student ministry center leased from the University's Foundation by the Catholic Archdiocese of Mobile. The center will include a chapel, an activity room and offices.
Father Den Irwin, pastor of Troy's St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, will serve as the campus priest and said that in addition to social events and Bible studies, the Center will conduct brief daily devotionals at 7:15 a.m. weekdays. Sunday mass will continue to be offered at Sorrell Chapel.