Marymount University, a college deeply rooted in the ideals of intellectual curiosity, service to others and the formation of a global prospective, furthermore seeks to form and educate the whole person. This is best seen in the beautiful diversity of cultures, faiths, and perspectives represented by the students, faculty, and staff of the University.
As we shift to the Ballston swing space--and eventually the new Ballston campus facilities--we as members, family, friends, and supporters of the Marymount community cannot forget to allot for a space and resources for students to continue to be so formed. It has come to the attention of students that there are currently no concrete plans(for the intermediary or new Ballston campus) to include a Chapel and prayer space for University students to use for personal reflection, services, or mass.
Deeply concerned, we look to the University mission statement and tradition for guidance:
"Marymount is a student-centered learning community that values diversity and focuses on the education of the whole person, promoting the intellectual,spiritual, and moral growth of each individual. Scholarship, leadership, service, and ethics are hallmarks of a Marymount education...A Marymount education reflects the mission of the University and fulfills its Catholic identity and the heritage of its founders, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. The University fosters intellectual, spiritual, and moral growth through study, reflection, and application of knowledge." - Marymount University Official Website
If Marymount University wishes to continue fostering spiritual growth within its members, firm plans must be made to give students, faculty, and staff, the spaces necessary to pray, reflect, and to be formed in their faith.
We the below signed urge the administration of the Ballston restructuring project to prayerfully and seriously consider this plea.