For the Community

Many St. Thomas facilities and programs benefit not only students, but also alumni and parents, other visitors to St. Thomas campuses, and the wider Twin Cities and regional communities.

Chapel Renovation

Thanks to generous donors, an early construction project of the Opening Doors campaign was the renovation of the sanctuary in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. A suspended crucifix, a new altar and lectern, and a bronze screen and “portal” feature highlighted the project.

Improved Parking

Filling a need that St. Thomas felt for years, the Anderson Parking Facility opened in 2009. Building the 725-space ramp was a major step toward the ensuing construction of the Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex and the Anderson Student Center.

Conference Facilities

The Opening Doors campaign secured funding toward a future expansion of the Daniel C. Gainey Conference Center in Owatonna, Minn. Resulting from a further campaign gift, the Gainey Center now is home to the Winton Guest House, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry, given to St. Thomas by its owner, and moved to Owatonna from its Lake Minnetonka location.

Institutes and Centers

All of the following St. Thomas institutes and centers were recipients of strong endowment support from Opening Doors donors:

  • The William C. Norris Institute supports the commercialization of innovative, socially beneficial technologies developed by Minnesota entrepreneurs by providing start-up assistance and capital.
  • The Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy pursues the integration of law and the Catholic intellectual tradition through scholarly research, curriculum development and community outreach.
  • The Center for Ethical Business Cultures equips current and future business leaders to build ethical cultures in their organizations and to operate with integrity in their communities, through working directly with leaders, students and faculty members.
  • The Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning promotes interfaith learning and friendship by sponsoring courses and programs for college and high-school students, workshops for clergy and religious educators, and art exhibits and lectures for the general public.

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund secures financial gifts of all types in support of the academic, spiritual, social and athletic development of St. Thomas students, as well as the physical needs of the university’s campuses. Thousands of generous donors kept the Annual Fund strong during the Opening Doors campaign.