$3.5 Million Campaign Goal Reached for Building of Free-Standing Chapel on TMC Campus

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With more than 200 donors coming together in support of building a free-standing chapel in the heart of campus, Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., has met its goal of raising $3.5 million to build the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel. Groundbreaking is expected to occur this August, with anticipated completion of the project in early fall 2012.

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“I am so grateful for all who participated in this campaign. Our new chapel will stand as an enduring testament of the faith of this community,” Stallmeyer said.

With more than 200 donors coming together in support of building a free-standing chapel in the heart of campus, Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky., has met its goal of raising $3.5 million to build the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel. Groundbreaking is expected to occur this August, with anticipated completion of the project in early fall 2012.

The decades-long dream of building a chapel became a determined quest in 2009, when President Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, C.D.P., with the support of the Board of Trustees, launched an official fundraising campaign to make that dream a reality. The Diocese of Covington, under the guidance of Bishop Roger Foys, led the donor list with a multi-year $500,000 pledge, and soon parishes and other donors joined in the effort. A capstone gift from John and Juanita Griffin and family allowed the college to meet the goal this March.

“I am so grateful for all who participated in this campaign. Our new chapel will stand as an enduring testament of the faith of this community,” Stallmeyer said. She also noted the chapel is being designed by Northern Kentucky-based architects Robert Ehmet Hayes & Associates PLLC.

The Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel is anticipated to become a campus and community landmark and a symbol of the school’s identity as a Catholic educational and cultural institution. The design concept for the chapel reflects the commitment to faith and welcoming environment which Thomas More embodies. A soaring roof, bell tower and amphitheater will highlight the exterior spaces and will beckon passersby to appreciate the beauty of the faith-inspired structure. Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel will serve as the physical focal point and spiritual heart of the Thomas More campus for current and future students, as well as the community.

There are still some remaining naming opportunities for the chapel, and additional donations are welcome to help maintain the building. To inquire about making a contribution, contact Vice President for Institutional Advancement Cathy Silvers at 859-344-3344 or cathy(dot)silvers(at)thomasmore(dot)edu. More information can be found at thomasmore.edu/chapelfund.

ABOUT THOMAS MORE COLLEGE

Founded in 1921 by the Benedictine Sisters as Villa Madonna College, Thomas More is the Catholic college of the Diocese of Covington and is located in Crestview Hills, Ky., just 10 minutes from downtown Cincinnati. Thomas More offers personalized attention (16-to-1 student to-faculty ratio), an inclusive faith community and a wide range of hands-on learning experiences that allow students to explore, expand and express every facet of their whole lives, for their whole lives. Thomas More is routinely named one of the best values in higher education by Money magazine’s Best College Buys issue and recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching as a "selective liberal arts college."

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