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Mind-bending! Franciscan Shocks the World with Insane $110 Million Fundraising Goal! You Won’t Believe What They Have Planned! | Mind-blowing Updates, Thrilling Sports, Amazing Job Opportunities

University Announces $110 Million Capital Campaign Fundraising Goal

TEAMWORK — The Rev. Dave Pivonka, left, TOR, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, met with Rebecca Rook, associate professor of education, and Tim Delaney, executive director of alumni and constituent relations, following Wednesday’s press conference during which Pivonka announced the university’s new $110 million capital campaign fundraising goal. — Christopher Dacanay

STEUBENVILLE — Franciscan University of Steubenville officials Wednesday announced details about the university’s new $110 million capital campaign fundraising goal, money that will contribute to chapel renovations, a doctoral program and a possible Washington, D.C., mission.

The Rev. Dave Pivonka, TOR, university president, said the school had exceeded its former $85 million goal — set earlier this year — by nearly $15 million, bringing the total of funds raised to $99.8 million.

Achieving Success in Fundraising

Pivonka expressed joy and gratitude for the generosity of alumni and friends, acknowledging the university’s first alumnus president.

The Rebuild My Church campaign, launched in December 2021 to commemorate the university’s 75th anniversary, surpassed its original goal of $75 million in just five months. Tim Delaney, executive director of alumni and constituent relations, credited the campaign’s success to a strong response from both local and global donors, including many first-time contributors.

Investing in the University’s Future

With the additional funds raised, the university will embark on its third phase of the capital campaign, focusing on various key initiatives:

Chapel Renovations

The university plans to expand the seating capacity of Christ the King Chapel from 325 to 500. Renderings by Baker Architects and MCF Architecture showcase the potential design for the chapel’s interior. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring.

New Academic Programs

The capital campaign aims to launch a theology doctoral program in the fall of next year and a ministry doctoral program in 2025, pending approval from accreditors. These programs will further expand the university’s academic offerings and global reach.

Capital Improvements

Donations have already funded 75 percent of the renovations for the Christ the King Chapel. Additionally, construction is underway for the Christ the Teacher academic building and conference center, which will provide state-of-the-art facilities for classrooms, laboratories, and lecture halls.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The campaign’s efforts have allowed for the establishment of the St. John Paul II scholarship, which offers full tuition to students from select dioceses. The university also plans to expand financial aid and scholarship opportunities to support student enrollment and success.

Evangelization Efforts

As part of its expansion, the university is considering establishing a mission presence in Washington, D.C., to enhance its outreach and evangelization efforts. University officials are actively discerning the extent and nature of this potential mission, guided by the advice to “Be Franciscan” and bring the message of Jesus to the nation’s capital.

Continuing on a Path of Faith

The university’s success in fundraising and expansion is attributed to a step in faith. Despite challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the university remains committed to fulfilling its mission and serving the worldwide church.

The university expresses gratitude to its generous supporters and recognizes the collective power of its mission. With God’s help, they are determined to make a meaningful impact and continue to exceed their goals.

A video presentation highlighting the capital campaign’s third phase was shown during the conference, demonstrating the university’s commitment to transparency and communication with its supporters.

The conference opened and closed with a prayer honoring St. Francis of Assisi, whose legacy continues to inspire the university.


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