The role of higher education is to provide the foundation for young people to build a life and not just a career, Catholic Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi told Troy University officials here on Thursday during a luncheon at the Battle House Hotel.
The Most Rev. Rodi, who has served as Archbishop of Mobile since 2008, addressed a gathering of TROY officials before signing a long-term lease for a Catholic ministry center that will be included in a 376-bed faith-based residence hall on the Troy Campus. The residence hall, which is about 67 percent complete and expected to be operational in August, will house a 2,300 square-foot Newman Center.
“It is the essential role of a university to build the foundation on which students will prepare to not only make a living but also build a life,” the Most Rev. Rodi said. “A university is more than just a place where learning takes place in classrooms. It is a place that encourages dialogue of differing ideas.