The Calagninis previously donated $1.5 million towards the ESCAPE program, a nondenominational retreat offered to first-year and transfer students. When completed, the Calagnini Contemplative Center will host ESCAPE, as well as other faith-based retreats organized by the Office of Campus Ministry.
“Arthur and Nancy epitomize the core Catholic and Jesuit values at the heart of this university,” University President John DeGioia said in a statement. “Their gift to establish a contemplative center will animate the lives and deepen the faiths of generations of students to come.”
The center, which will include a dining hall, chapel, caretaker’s residence, and 28 cabins for 78 students, will be completed in 2011. The University purchased the 55-acre site in 2006 with plans to open the center in 2008, but the Clarke County Board of Supervisors did not approve construction plans until last May.
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