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SXU Welcomed McDonough Family to Campus Visit


Saint Xavier University (SXU) was honored to be visited by the extremely generous McDonough family during the Ash Wednesday Mass earlier this month. Attending the Mass celebrated by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, the family were shown around the chapel named for their family's dedication to SXU.

In 1998, life trustee James McDonough and his wife Jacque pledged $1 million to fund capital improvements to SXU's Chicago campus, going on to help build the much needed chapel for the Catholic institution. Thanks to their incredible generosity, the McDonough family helped pave the way not only for a new staple of the SXU community but helped impact countless lives at SXU. Since its opening in 2000, the McDonough Chapel has been a key element of countless stories for students, faculty, staff and alumni across the country.

"Jacque and I have great affection for the Sisters of Mercy, and we really appreciate the mission of Saint Xavier University and all it does for the community," said James McDonough when he made his second pledge of $1 million in 2006.

Thanks to the efforts of individuals like the McDonoughs and many passionate alumni and members of the SXU community, SXU has been able to survive for nearly 175 years. SXU is immensely grateful the gifts, time and prayer given by such hardworking and dedicated people to its community and students. Through such donations to the Saint Xavier Fund, donors help impact change across the University by providing life-changing scholarships; developing new internships and networking opportunities, as well as organized mission and services trips; and creating new spaces across campus conducive to students' quality education, such as the new Human Performance Lab and STEM Studio.

SXU is incredibly humbled by the dedication of such passionate people as James and Jacque McDonough and look forward to all the stories the SXU community has to share!