Monsignor Murphy's Vision

The integration of law and the Catholic intellectual tradition was the vision of Monsignor Terrence J. Murphy, president and chancellor of the University of St. Thomas for more than 35 years, who believed in the importance of a Catholic law school in the Twin Cities.

His 2001 book, A Catholic University Vision and Opportunities, emphasized the themes of teaching religious and ethical values; ecumenism and openness to those of all faiths and cultures; service; recognizing and meeting community needs; and an entrepreneurial spirit.

The Institute's generous initial funding came from the combination of a bequest in Monsignor Murphy's will and significant contributions from a group of his friends who shared his vision.