Loyola Marymount University’s capital campaign for a new campus center has raised more than $400 million, exceeding its campaign goal by greater than $20 million, the university announced May 7.
The campaign surpassed the $400 million mark with a $1 million donation from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, which will be used to establish a Center for Reconciliation at LMU.
This gift, on the occasion of the congregation’s 100th Jubilee and in recognition of LMU’s centennial, honors the C.S.J. heritage and the sisters’ many contributions to the university since they came to the Westchester campus with Marymount College in 1968, said an LMU spokesman.
The order, which is based in the city of Orange, traces its beginning to Eureka in 1912.
“This is a very exciting moment for us, the Sisters of St. Joseph, in our relationship to LMU,” said Mary Beth Ingham, C.S.J., an LMU trustee and emerita professor of philosophy.
“For many years the Marymount Institute for Faith, Culture and the Arts has celebrated the special gifts of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. Now, the Center for Reconciliation will make better known the many ways in which the Sisters of St. Joseph reach out to fulfill their mission of responding to the unmet needs of ‘the dear neighbor.’”
LMU President David Burcham expressed the university’s appreciation for the $1 million gift that will make building the center a reality. “We are very grateful for this generous donation. It is fitting that the Sisters of St. Joseph should have a dedicated presence at LMU,” the president said. “The new center will mark their place in both our history and our future.”
A permanent director for the center has not yet been announced, but pilot programs will be started next year, building on the Voices for Justice series initiated by Judith Royer, professor of theatre arts, as part of this year’s Bellarmine Forum.