I recently had the opportunity to welcome Marywood’s newest students, the Class of 2019, to campus for Orientation. We celebrated 100 years of students saying “yes” to the Marywood mission and core values…100 years of academic excellence…100 years of turning dreams into deeds.
Marywood began in two rooms of the former Motherhouse and was the first Catholic college for women in Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1915 by the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the IHM Congregation still sponsors Marywood. It’s also worth noting that all of our presidents during Marywood’s century of existence have been IHM Sisters. In 100 years, we’ve grown from two small rooms to 30 campus facilities. We’ve transformed from a Catholic women’s college to a comprehensive, co-educational Catholic university.
Indeed, Marywood has never had smallness of vision. This university was founded on the bold vision, dreams, and imagination of the IHM Sisters; it continues, because each generation of students has brought a host of personal visions, dreams, and imagination to our campus. We, in turn, have helped them to realize their full potential. Empowering learners is still as vital to our mission now as it was in 1915. Our community is very strong, and each generation of students and alumni makes it even stronger.
As we celebrate our Centennial, we also look forward to the dedication of the Learning Commons and the blessing of the Motherhouse and Seminary Memorial Garden—which you are all welcome to attend—on September 8, 2015, exactly 100 years to the day of Marywood’s founding. I also encourage our graduates to attend the Alumni Centennial Celebration on September 12. (See details for both events on the inside cover of this magazine.)
This is an incredible moment in Marywood’s history, where the past meets the future. I ask you to join us in celebrating this milestone, in whatever ways you can, because you are an important part of the Marywood story.
Sister Anne Munley IHM
President, Marywood University