QUINCY — Quincy University has announced a $300,000 gift to its financial recovery campaign from the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart. The Friars founded what was then St. Francis Solanus College in 1860 and have continued their financial support and service through present day Quincy University.
“For 157 years the Franciscan Province has been committed to the education and the empowerment of young men and women,” said Father Bill Spencer OFM, provincial minister of the Franciscan Friars Sacred Heart Province. “This special financial contribution signifies the importance of Quincy University in the history and life of the Province. It likewise represents the Province’s ongoing support of the mission, especially for future generations.”
The gift is a major step forward in the university’s $7M financial recovery fundraising campaign that began in November 2016. With this investment, the campaign is now 33 percent toward its five-year goal.
“We are profoundly grateful not only for this generous financial investment but also for the years of dedicated service the Franciscans have given to Quincy University,” said Dr. Robert Gervasi, president of Quincy University. “The Friars are called to be instruments of change in our world and we continue to see them emulate that alongside our supportive alumni and friends who have stepped up to help QU during this challenging time.”