On December 10, 1946, the College of Steubenville marked its opening with the celebration of Mass in the
Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel in downtown Steubenville. On that date in 2021, although both the location
and name had changed, Franciscan University of Steubenville launched its year-long celebration of our 75th
Jubilee in the same way. Separated by so much history, the school has remained as described at that first
Mass, one “whose teaching will be molded and founded in the teaching of Jesus Christ; whose educational
purpose and goal will comprehend … the education of the whole man never for a moment losing sight of the
profound truths that man is composed of body and soul.”
Please join Franciscan University of Steubenville as we look back on our past with gratitude to God and
look forward with hope in God’s goodness and blessing in the future!
The Theology of Jubilee Father Francis Martin
Father Francis Martin, a former Franciscan Scripture professor who died in 2017, discusses the biblical roots
of jubilee with host Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, and panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn. Released
prior to the Catholic Church’s Jubilee in 2000, their conversation sheds light on the meaning of jubilee and
Franciscan University’s celebration of its 75th jubilee.
Letter from the Bishop of Steubenville
Bishop Jeffrey Monforton’s letter to Father Dave and the University community, congratulating Franciscan
University on its 75th anniversary.
Congratulations on 75 Faith-Filled Years
Bishop Edward C Malesic, Diocese of Cleveland, OH
Bishop Felipe J Estévez, Diocese of St. Augustine, FL
Bishop Francis Y. Kalabat, Diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle, Chaldean Catholic Eparchy
Bishop Joseph G Hanefeldt, Diocese of Grand Island, NE
Bishop Louis F. Kihneman III, Diocese of Biloxi, MS
Bishop Mark E. Brennan, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, WV