Vatican Official Visits Ancilla College

Thursday, 22 March 2012

From left to right; Dr. Michael Galligan-Stierle, President of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues, and Dr. Ron May, President of Ancilla College.

Education and faith was the focus of a visit to Ancilla College by Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues, Wednesday. Archbishop Brugues, a leader in the church’s educational efforts across the globe, came to Donaldson as part of a United States tour of universities and colleges including visits yesterday to Lewis University, Calumet College of Saint Joseph and Ancilla College near Plymouth.

Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues is Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education. During his evening at Ancilla College, the bishop met with representatives of the college and the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, the Catholic order that founded the college 75 years ago.

Archbishop Brugues toured the campus and asked about programs, activities, and community connections to the college. One primary discussion topic was the campus-wide plan for an Intergenerational Living and Learning Center.

The Congregation for Catholic Education oversees most of the world’s Catholic seminaries, universities, and institutes. The Archbishop’s visit to Ancilla College was accompanied by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities President, Dr. Michael Galligan-Stierle.

“We are extremely pleased about the Archbishop’s visit,” said Ancilla President Ron May. “He has an incredible task and busy schedule so his time with us was focused on issues near and dear to us at a small college. He was able to hear about our connection to our community as well as the work of the Poor Handmaids.”

“Archbishop Brugues was sincerely interested in Ancilla College and in the contributions made by the College to the local community and to the Catholic Church. We were delighted to tell the Ancilla story to someone in the Vatican at Rome.” Sister Carleen Wrasman said.

Ancilla College enrolls 500 students in over a dozen degree programs ranging from accounting to nursing. It was founded by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ in 1937, and is located south of US 30 near Plymouth.