From Fr. Matthew Laffey, Director of Catholic Campus Ministry:
I would like to publicly thank all those who attended the groundbreaking for our new center on August 31st. At this wonderful event, we publicly announced that the Center would be named the Suzanne Pohland Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center. Among those in attendance were Sue and Joe Paterno; Bishop Joseph Adamec; Archabbot Douglas Nowicki O.S.B., Abbot of St. Vincent Archabbey (home of Fr. David and Fr. Matthew); Dr. Graham Spanier, President of PSU; Mark Pasquerilla, instrumental in the building of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center; Elizabeth Goreham, mayor of State College; Eddie Lauth, the Chair of our Capital Campaign and his wife Susan; Don Fleming, John Kowach, and Mary Rae Kowach, board members of the A.J. Palumbo Foundation; Nick DeAngelis, Vice President of the Newman Catholic Student Association; and many members of our advisory board.
Sue Paterno is being honored not simply for her efforts toward this particular building, but because she has supported this ministry and the students it serves for the almost fifty years of the ministry’s existence.
For all of these many years, Sue Paterno has quietly gone about the business of insuring that Catholic students have ample opportunity to grow in their faith experience while here at PSU. She played a major role in bringing about the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center to insure that Catholic students would have a place for weekend Masses and daily activities. Now, with this new building, she has insured that our ministry can extend even more faith-filled opportunities to the students we serve. Sue has been most unselfish with her time and talents and treasures as far as this ministry and the wider community is concerned. We know she would just as soon go about her charitable business quietly and with a good measure of anonymity. We thank her for accepting this public honor.
There is a display in the lobby with more information about the project. Even though we have broken ground, we have not yet reached our financial goal for the campaign. We continue to need the support of our alumni and parents with this project because our “parishioners,” the students, are not in a position to be able to give a great deal financially. This is a tremendous opportunity to provide a Catholic home on campus for all future Penn Staters. Please continue to keep us and this project in your prayers. May God bless and keep you all.
The Catholic Campus Ministry would like to thank all the advisory Board Members for helping this campaign reach this momentus occasion
Tom Cali • Dr. Maureen Carr • Linette & Wendell Courtney • Mike & Megan Flanagan • Tom & Sandy Hood
Mike O’Neill • Frank Pellegrino • John & Judi Vratarich • Mark & Mary Kay Wharton • Gary and Karen Schultz