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Saint Francis University

Saint Francis University is a four-year, coeducational Catholic liberal arts university in Loretto, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1847 and conducted under the tradition of the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular.


117 Evergreen Dr
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Saint Francis College was established in 1847 by six Franciscan Friars from Ireland who were given land in Loretto by Bishop Michael O'Connor to establish a school. The University was one of the first Catholic Universities in the United States and the first Franciscan college in the nation. Although it originally only admitted males, it became one of the first Catholic Universities to become co-educational. Loretto is the site of the first English-language Roman Catholic Church settlement established west of the Allegheny Front, in what is now the United States, by Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin in 1799. In 2001, Saint Francis College was accredited with university status and renamed to Saint Francis University.

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As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership.



Tony Bova (1917-1973) � Pittsburgh Steelers 1942�1947. 1943 1st in National Football League in yards per catch Jeff Bower - Former general manager of New Orleans Hornets, head coach of Marist College men's basketball team Captain Paul Boyton (1848-1924) known as the Fearless Frogman, author, inventor, and a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame. He crossed the English channel in 24 hours (1875). Boyton opened the first "permanent" amusement park in Chicago in 1894, Sea Lion Park on Coney Island, New York in 1895, and Chutes Park in San Francisco, California in 1895. James Casorio (Master's Degree in 1995) Representative Pennsylvania House of Representatives 1997-2010. Robert Conway � Vice Admiral United States Navy Dominic Joseph Mike Ryba (1903-1971) � Known as the "One Man Team". He was a right-hander and played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1935�1938) and Boston Red Sox (1941�1946). He pitched in the 1946 World Series. Calvin Fowler (1940-2013) � 1968 Olympic Gold Medal as co-captain Men's Basketball. He was the captain of the United States gold medal basketball team at the 1967 Pan American Games. ABA professional basketball player. Fowler was an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) All-America in 1967 and again in 1968 for Akron Goodyear Wingfoots. James P. Gallagher - Former president of Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. John Handrigan, Professional Golfer, semi pro hockey player Ashley Harlan, current wife of Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger Mike Iuzzolino - Former basketball player, played in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks in 1991-1993. Fred R. Klenner (1907-1984) - Author and ground breaking medical researcher in Vitamin C studies. Received both BS and MS in biology from Saint Francis University. John Michael Kudrick is an Eastern Catholic prelate and the current bishop of Parma for the Byzantines. Scott Layden � Former president and general manager of the New York Knicks NBA basketball team and former general manager of the Utah Jazz. David Magarity- Head Women's basketball coach of U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Former Head Men's Basketball Coach at St.Francis and Marist Brennan Manning (christened Richard Francis Xavier Manning) (April 27, 1934 � April 12, 2013) � Popular Christian author (e. g., The Ragamuffin Gospel), friar, priest, contemplative, and powerful speaker. John McCarthy (1916-1998), College football All-American in 1941 at Saint Francis University and former starting quarterback in National Football League. Thomas J. Meredith � Dell CFO, Motorola Executive Vice President and CFO, Sun Microsystems Vice President and Treasurer. Bob Moore - Former Director of Media Relations for NFL Kansas City Chiefs. Current Team Historian. John A. Nagy- Author on espionage and mutinies of the American Revolution. John Naioti (1921-1990) - Pittsburgh Steelers 1942 and 1945 National Football League Caroline O'Connor - Head women's golf coach at Stanford University from February 1 1996 to the end of the 2011-2012 season. Steve Oroho - is an American Republican Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey Senate since January 8, 2008, where he represents the 24th Legislative District. Tadeusz Piotrowski - Author and Sciologist Teresa S. Polley � President and Chief Operating Officer of the Financial Accounting Foundation, the organization responsible for the oversight, administration and finances of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), and their Advisory Councils. Kevin Porter � Former American professional basketball player, held the record for the most assists in one game with 29 assists. Charles M. Schwab (1862-1939) � Steel Industrialist - In 2011 Schwab was inducted into the inaugural class of the American Metal Market Steel Hall of Fame for his lifelong work in the US steel industry. Brian Sell � Distance runner and member of the USA 2008 Olympic men's marathon team. Kent John Chabotar is a professor of political science and the current president of Guilford College. Maurice Stokes (1933-1970) � Professional Basketball player (Basketball Hall of Fame). The NBA Twyman�Stokes Teammate of the Year Award is named in his honor. Thomas Joseph Tobin � current Bishop of Providence Norm Van Lier (1947-2009) � "Stormin' Norman" NBA Basketball player (1969-1979) for Chicago Bulls Russell Zguta � Author and professor of Eastern Slavic culture



Rural, 600 Acres (243�Ha)