SJU to Dedicate Campus Center in Honor of Cardinal Foley

Monday, April 9, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (April 9, 2012) – Saint Joseph’s University will formally dedicate the Campus Commons in tribute to the late Cardinal John P. Foley, one of the University’s most distinguished alumni, on Monday, April 16, at 4 p.m.

The event will begin with a Mass of Celebration at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial, followed by the dedication and ribbon cutting at 5:15 p.m. What was formerly the University’s Campus Commons on SJU’s Maguire Campus will be officially named the Cardinal John P. Foley Campus Center.

The naming was made possible by a generous leadership gift from SJU alumnus Michael J. Morris ’56, who will attend the dedication.

The Cardinal Foley Campus Center is one of the first stops when prospective students and their families visit campus. With its soaring beamed chapel ceiling combined with state-of-the-art technology, it reflects the University’s rich Catholic, Jesuit tradition and a recognition of the 21st century learning environment. Current Saint Joseph’s students will experience the Cardinal Foley Campus Center as a hub for study, socializing, academic events, and recitals and performances.

Cardinal Foley, who passed away in December 2011, graduated from then-Saint Joseph’s College in 1957. During his more than 20-year tenure at the Vatican as president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Cardinal Foley served two popes: Blessed Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

Earlier this year, in announcing plans to rename the building, Saint Joseph’s Interim President John W. Smithson said, “John P. Foley lived life fully in service to God, the Church and our community. We are extremely proud to count him among our alumni and to announce the renaming…as a tribute to his accomplishments and contributions to Philadelphia…and the world.”

Media Contact

Harriet K. Goodheart, Assistant Vice President for University Communications, 610-660-1532,

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