Pope Francis has captivated audiences of all religions and nationalities across the world since being elected to lead the Catholic Church in 2013, but the pontiff’s six-day, three-city tour of the U.S. late last month was especially inspiring for many Catholics at Marist College.
Although Marist is an independent institution, its Catholic origins are undeniable. The college was established in 1929 by the Marist Brothers, an international community of Catholic priests, and remained affiliated with the Church until 1969 when it was sold to an independent board of trustees. Today, the campus is full of reminders of the college’s Catholic legacy, including the chapel in the center of campus, a grotto and a statue of St. Marcellin Champagnat, the founder of the Marist Brothers.
“There is a Catholic presence on campus,” said Dr. Sally Dwyer-McNulty, an associate professor of history at Marist. “For people paying attention, it is stronger, but for others, they might not notice it quite as much.” Continue reading