President's Page - January 2016


 The President’s Page - January, 2016

“…focused on the unrelenting pursuit of excellence.”

Up-to-the-minute information for members – and prospective members – of Cathedral’s Heritage Society*

 Cathedral Braves the Weather with a Broken Boiler!

“We won’t have success if people think only about their incomes and make gifts accordingly.  This is about that old story of the chicken and the pig contributing to a bacon and eggs breakfast – the chicken makes a contribution, the pig makes a commitment.  We will have success if each of us considers our assets and assigns a portion of those assets to this project.”

 • From 2015 Cathedral State of the School Address


Thank you Alumni, Family, and Friends

As the Christmas season comes to an end we are experiencing some old-fashioned winter temperatures for the first time – about -10 this morning.  And, right on cue, our 80-years-old main boiler bit the dust about three weeks ago.  At first they told us it would take only a week to repair, but as I write more than three weeks later I think we’re still working at getting it working.

Motivated and inspired perhaps in-part by the budget-breaking boiler our alumni, families, and friends came through by midnight on December 31st with gifts putting us over the $300,000 mark for the all-important Cathedral (Annual) Fund.  This year’s goal is $765,000 by June 30th. 


Activities and Athletics

Our winter activities and sports are in full swing with some days featuring ten or more events which bring hundreds – sometimes thousands – of people to campus; we’re glad to be busy.



 The other day I watched some of our students building steam engines down in our engineering room.  Of the dozens of program improvements we’ve made over the last several years, adding that class ranks right up there as among the better ones.  Thanks, Lynn Grewing!


The Campaign for Cathedral

We have completed thirty-six (36) of two hundred sit-down, face-to-face visits for The Campaign for Cathedral.  Those visits have yielded $5,232,000 in commitments.  We are inviting and searching for seven-figure and six-figure gifts when we have these visits.  Never, ever, ever does that mean we don’t also appreciate and need the smaller gifts; we want and need all of them.

By early spring we will be inviting and including ALL Cathedral people, estimated at perhaps as many as 50,000, to get involved.  If you are anxious to get involved and to be involved, don’t wait for us; give us a holler and we’ll welcome you.

Our goal is $16,500,000 for Phase One of our facilities plan – and for some working capital for the area Catholic elementary schools.  Bishop Donald plans to make a decision sometime soon regarding the future of the visionary E-12 Catholic Community Schools recommendation.  We’ll let you know when that decision happens.

For the $16.5 million we will construct a new classroom building on the former footprints of the 1914 building and the 1890 Zardetti Mansion.  This new building, highly functional and very practical – with dramatic views to the Mississippi River – will address the great needs we have for Catholic identity, science, technology, music, art, 21st century learning, and an aesthetic as well as practical embrace of the natural environment.

At the heart of this campaign, lest we forget, are our students.  All of this is for them so that the education we provide for them is the realization of our shared vision:  Cathedral’s effectiveness is unmatched in its education, preparation, and formation of young men and women for adulthood – and in its delivery of religious, social, intellectual, financial, leadership, service, and cultural capital to Central Minnesota and the world.

Please give Audrey your full attention and your support when she contacts you to schedule a sit-down visit.  And, if you’re eager to get involved, contact her at 320-257-2140 or before she beats you to the punch.

 Catholic Education Week begins January 31st; celebrate with us!


Bountiful blessings!


Michael A. Mullin



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