Villa Maria Hall 100th Anniversary
In 1914 the doors of Villa Maria Hall opened. Immaculata University is celebrating this momentous occasion with a birthday party on Sunday, September 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP online at www.100villamaria.eventbrite.com.
The festivities begin at 11:00 a.m. with a Mass in Nazareth Chapel, celebrated by Father Christopher Rogers, Immaculata chaplain. Following the Mass a group photo of all guests will be taken before the unveiling of the special 3D cake of Villa Maria Hall, created by The Cake Art Studio in Paoli, PA. State Senator Andrew Dinniman and State Representative Duane Milne, will attend and present Immaculata University with citations recognizing this special milestone. In addition, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey will send a congratulatory certificate that will be read during the ceremony. Self-gui
ded tours of Villa Maria Hall, with knowledgeable staff stationed at various historic locations, will also be available for guests. Opened during the day for visitors are: the dining room from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; the campus bookstore from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.; and the college archives, located in Gabriele Library.
A coffee table book, Grace and Glory on the Noble Hill: Immaculata University, was published last year and depicts the early construction of Villa Maria Hall, the Rotunda and the Dome. Beautifully preserved archival photos accompany the picture book noting not only Immaculata’s history, but Catholic education in the Philadelphia area. For more information on the book, please visit http://www.immaculata.edu/grace-glory/.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.