JS: Marquette unveils new $15 million Jesuit Residence

The private donors who gave $15 million to build a new Jesuit Residence and develop landscaped open space in the center of the Marquette University campus were inspired by an opportunity to support the priests who teach and minister there.

"It was impressive, and we are extremely grateful," said former Marquette President Father Robert A. Wild, who took reporters on a tour of the 40,000-square-foot, five-story brick residence where he and 24 other Jesuit priests just moved before the building's formal dedication Friday.

Wild served as the university's president from 1996 to 2011 and returned as interim president before President Michael Lovell was appointed last year. He still works at Marquette part time in fundraising.

"I thought this might be tough fundraising, but it came together as quickly as any project we've had at Marquette," Wild said of the new residence. "The building was entirely funded when we put the shovel in the ground."

Wild described the cost of the project as "fairly reasonable." The building was designed by Kubala Washatko Architects and built by KBS Construction for $8 million to $9 million.
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Don't worry folks, they made sure the chapel looked poorer than Pope Francis.

I do like this little addition though.


  1. Sterile! Doesn't look safe for Catholic worship.

  2. The chapel leaves much to be desired.

  3. No visible crucifix!

  4. Great looking kitchen but not much beauty for the Holy Sacrifice. The chapel looks like something from the Soviet Union! No kneelers either. The Jesuits just are not big on liturgy are they?


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