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Madonna University and Felician Sisters Break Ground for New Center

LIVONIA, MICH. - More than 100 alumni, faculty, staff, and benefactors sloshed through the pouring rain to join Madonna University President Michael Grandillo, the Felician Sisters of North America, and the Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, as they broke ground to begin construction of a $9 million, 28,000-square-foot Madonna University Welcome Center and Felician Sisters of North America Heritage Center and Archives.

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Plans

To celebrate Madonna University’s rich heritage and contributions to the community, Madonna University trustees and administrators have developed plans for a Madonna University Welcome Center and Felician Sisters of North America Heritage Center and Archives that will:

  • Be a physical demonstration of the University's commitment to providing a caring, personalized, values-based learning community.
  • Include the Felician Heritage Center, home to the priceless archives of the University’s visionary founders — the Felician Sisters.
  • Significantly enhance how the University recruits new students, celebrates alumni and donors and preserves its Felician history.

Madonna University will utilize the Welcome Center and Felician Sisters Heritage Center and its Great Room for campus visits, art exhibitions, banquets, and large gatherings, which will provide students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to build relationships with members of the diverse southeast Michigan communities in which they live, work, worship, and play.

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Design

Welcome Center design blueprint

The Welcome Center and Felician Sisters Heritage Center building design is reflective of the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Central Italy. It will maintain the Basilica’s sanctuary feeling with an open interior, meandering paths, special repetition of columns, and a center for gathering, reflection and learning.

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Spaces

Welcome Center courtyard design

The Welcome Center and Felician Sisters Heritage Center will include space for the Felician Heritage Center, exhibition space, a multipurpose space, administrative offices, archives, art gallery, cafe, gardens, and more.

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Campaign

Welcome Center overhead design preview

The Welcome Center and Felician Sisters Heritage Center will blend the past, present, and future, and will serve as a University resource for important work. The success of this campaign will result in a myriad of uses and benefits to a growing and enduring University.

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Benefits

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The Welcome Center and Felician Sisters Heritage Center will integrate the University's mission and core values, serve as an inviting first point of contact for future students, expand the University's involvement in the community, and add needed space for student fellowship and classwork.

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Your generous gift to the Welcome Center and Felician Heritage Center will support students for generations.

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