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.
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.
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.
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
said, “As long as there are two pennies in one’s hand, one belongs to the
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.
commemoration of his birthday, we honor the legacy and values that live on
through our University.
*Information courtesy of University