Archbishop backs Newman Center

Published 11:00 pm Friday, March 22, 2013

In an effort to provide a foundation for college students to build on, the Archbishop of Mobile signed a long-term lease for a Catholic ministry center at Troy University.

“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.”

The ministry center will be included in a 376-bed faith-based residence hall. The building is about 67 percent complete and expected to open in August, along with the 2,300 square-foot Newman Center.

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“More than any time in our history, we live in a world of choices,” Rodi 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.

Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. welcomed Rodi as a member of the Trojan family after the signing, 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,” 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.”