Dennis Brown | November 30, 2017
Mary and Jay Flaherty, together with their alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, will contribute $50 million in support of the University and its founding religious community, the Congregation of Holy Cross, to broaden and deepen the work of both institutions in service to the Catholic Church.
“The generosity, vision and love for Notre Dame shown by Mary and Jay over the years, not just through benefaction, but in myriad other ways, is extraordinary,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. “We celebrated this wonderful gift with Jay’s fellow Trustees at our Board meeting in mid-October, and I’m pleased now to publicly thank and recognize them for their outstanding leadership. They have our never-ending gratitude.”
The $50 million in support will be expended in three ways:
- The Flahertys have made a $20 million gift and Notre Dame has added another $10 million for the reconstruction and ongoing maintenance of Corby Hall, the on-campus residence and center of hospitality for the Holy Cross community of priests and brothers. The building will continue to bear the name Corby Hall.
- The Flahertys also are making a separate $5 million gift to the Congregation to benefit its aging religious.
- Notre Dame, which has a long tradition of supporting its founding order, will donate $15 million to the Congregation – $10 million for general needs and $5 million to establish an endowment in the University’s Office of Mission Engagement and Church Affairs to strengthen collaboration between the University and Congregation throughout the world.