For Others Forever Campaign Reaches Goal; Villiger Hall Renovation Project Underway

In March, John Marinacci, President of St. Joseph’s Prep, announced that the For Others Forever Campaign had reached the $35 million mark, making it the most successful campaign in school history. With that success and knowing that more was needed, he also announced that the Campaign would be extended to $45 million, enough to fully renovate the classrooms in Villiger Hall and add more to the endowment. “This success in this Campaign lies in the incredible love that our alumni, parents, and friends have in St. Joseph’s Prep,” says Marinacci who, in his first year as President, got the renovation project underway and helped finish the first phase of the goal for the campaign which was begun during the presidency of Rev. John W. Swope, S.J. ’72. “Our Development Team has had many conversations with others who are eager to support our efforts so we believe that we can reach this new goal and complete the transformation of Villiger Hall by Fall of 2023.” On March 31, Marinacci was joined by Campaign Co-Chairs Joe Dunn ’65 (Joe is also a parent – 2 sons) and Bill McKernan’87 P ’22 ’23, to break ground and begin the renovation. That following Monday, the entrance was closed and work began. First the crews worked in the old library, starting the work to transform it into the Howley Learning Commons. Then, after the Cape and Sword Show finished on May 17, they moved into the Theater to create a new, state-of-the-art space more fitting for our outstanding theatre program. Work is scheduled to be completed in October and open for use by our students at that time. The new Howley Learning Commons will include:

In addition to the Howley Learning Commons and the new Theatre, the transformation continues with the J. Anthony Hayden ’62 Hall of Excellence where the Prep will celebrate alumni, teachers, and others who have made an impact in our world. The Hall of Excellence will honor those who excelled in various fields of human endeavor and in many walks of life, people who always committed to Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, for the greater glory of God (Athletics, Mission, Distinction, and Generational Impact).

PHASE 2 of For Others Forever

With the $10 million increase in the For Others Forever Campaign, the Prep plans to continue to increase its endowment and to update the classrooms on the first and second floors of Villiger Hall. The project will provide state-of-the-art technology, updated instructional equipment, and improvements to the general learning environment to maximize the educational experience for students and faculty. In addition, the Admissions Office will be transformed into a Welcome Center for our prospective students and families.

“Our students, faculty, and staff need facilities that match the incredible work being done by them inside of these walls,” Marinacci says. “The next phase of the For Others Forever Campaign will complete the physical transformation of the interior of Villiger Hall to help achieve that.”

Phase Two will reimagine 21 classrooms and all additional office areas on the first and second floors to complete the work begun with the Maguire Science Wing in 2010.

“The For Others Forever Campaign directly impacts the education of our young men,” Marinacci says. “It is vital for the Prep to continue its mission of forming people of competence, conscience, and compassion for decades to come.”

Marinacci went on to acknowledge the entire Prep community for their incredible generosity during the For Others Forever Campaign and all fundraising efforts. “While this Campaign has been a huge milestone for the Prep, I’d like to thank all alumni, parents, and friends who continue to support the community through The Prep Fund, EITC, and direct contributions to student programs and activities through their annual support. Your generosity impacts our students.”

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