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Stonehill College

Stonehill College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Roman Catholic, Liberal Arts college located in Easton, Massachusetts, United States, founded in 1948


320 Washington Street


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Mission Statement
Stonehill College, a Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, is a community of scholarship and faith, anchored by a belief in the inherent dignity of each person. Through its curriculum of liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs, Stonehill College provides an education of the highest caliber that fosters critical thinking, free inquiry and the interchange of ideas. Stonehill College educates the whole person so that each Stonehill graduate thinks, acts, and leads with courage toward the creation of a more just and compassionate world.
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Northeast 10

College History


In the autumn of 1934, the Holy Cross Fathers in North Dartmouth began to look for new quarters because of increasing seminary enrollment. The current Stonehill campus was purchased from Mrs. Frederick Lothrop Ames on October 17, 1935. The initial purchase included 350 acres (1.4 km2) and the original mansion; the congregation purchased the remaining 190 acres (0.77 km2) from Mrs. Cutler two years later. Frederick Lothrop Ames was the great-grandson of Oliver Ames, who came to Easton in 1803 and established the Ames Shovel Company. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts authorized the Congregation of Holy Cross to establish Stonehill College on the Frederik Lothrop Ames estate on June 30, 1948. In September of that year the college enrolled 134 men as the first class. Classes were held in the mansion and in the Ames Gym. The first building built by the college was the Science Building which opened in February 1949. In 1974 the building was renovated and renamed the Tracy Science Building in honor of David Tracy, a former Stonehill advisor and trustee. The Science Building has since been moved to the brand new Shields Science Center, which opened in 2009. On November 3, 1949, the first issue of the College newspaper, The Summit, was published. In the fall of 1951 the college decided to become a coeducational organization and enrolled 19 women. The first class graduated from Stonehill on the first Sunday of June 1952 and consisted of 73 men.

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The mission of Campus Ministry is to provide an experience of church that enables members of the college community to grasp anew the gospel of Jesus Christ and to possess a religious and moral competence to live as women and men of peace in a global community, with the personal courage to challenge injustice, violence and inequity wherever it exists. Campus Ministry seeks to create a learning environment that supports the discovery of one's deepest longing and fidelity to vocation in God. Campus Ministry seeks to create a campus environment in which members of the College community can experience, claim and celebrate the richness of its Catholic and Holy Cross tradition. Campus Ministry seeks to create an environment of trust so that relationships can be built and understanding can abound between diverse persons. Campus Ministry seeks to create a just living environment in which all members are responsible agents of justice and peace.



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