Alvernia University dedicated Founders Village today, and unveiled the names of buildings one and two — now called Zygmunta Hall and Pacelli Hall, after two very recognizable and memorable members of the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters.
Groundbreaking for two more Founders Village residence halls is expected to begin later this year.
The dedication kicked off with a Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (in the Motherhouse’s Sacred Heart Chapel), and was followed by a dedication ceremony outside of the Founders Village Apartments. Students, Bernardine Sisters, faculty, staff, and members from the community who were instrumental in the construction of Zygmunta and Pacelli Halls were in attendance.
Sisters Jacinta, Florence, and Madonna Harvath from the Bernardine Franciscan Order spoke about the lives and legacy of Sisters Zygmunta and Pacelli. Student Ambassador Marissa DeLucia (active in SGA, Campus Ministry, and Students Teaching Others Peace) also offered a few words.
Sister Zygmunta, who among many other accomplishments was the founding President of Alvernia. She is also responsible for asking Sister Pacelli to join the Alvernia English department two years later (in 1960). Click here for an oral history of Sister Zygmunta and click here to read Sister Pacelli's biography.
As part of the Campus Master Plan, ground-breaking for the Halls began in September of 2008. One hundred fifty four upper-class students filled the roughly 27,000 square foot facilities, which overlook the new turf field, in August 2009.