University community remembers Samuel Cardinal Stritch

Thursday, August 14, 2014 2:15:00 PM

In honor of the birthday of friend and namesake Samuel Cardinal Stritch, the University is pausing to remember his contributions to the Sisters and his fellow human beings.

Samuel Alphonsus Stritch was born in Nashville on Aug. 17, 1877, the seventh of eight children to a poor Irish couple. The parish priest helped his parents send him to the Cincinnati Seminary for two years. He later completed his studies for the priesthood in Rome and was ordained in 1910.

Appointed Archbishop of Milwaukee in 1930, Cardinal Stritch advised the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi to found a college to educate their Sisters to become competent teachers. In 1937, Mother Bartholomew Frederick took up the challenge and founded St. Clare College. In 1946, the Sisters renamed the college in his honor.

Cardinal Stritch accepted on the condition that people in need would always be sponsored and educated at the college.

In addition to being a friend and supporter of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, Cardinal Stritch was a model of compassion for the poor and charity toward one another.*

He often said, “As long as there are two pennies in one’s hand, one belongs to the poor.”

An eloquent orator, Cardinal Stritch is best remembered for his gracious concern for each person and his kindness and intelligence, so well used on behalf of others.

In commemoration of his birthday, we honor the legacy and values that live on through our University.

*Information courtesy of University Archives