Friday, November 8, 2002

Legion of Christ looking to open four-year college in Sacramento

A conservative Catholic order is moving forward with plans to build a private university in the Sacramento region and has been in serious discussions with city and county officials about where it could locate a campus.As its first step, the Legion of Christ wants to open a downtown graduate school with an eye toward establishing a four-year core campus in another location -- possibly at the former Mather Air Force Base.The group has secured the name "University of Sacramento," said Barry Sugarman, vice president of institutional development for the university project."We're committed to the Sacramento region," Sugarman said. "We're ready to go."...

In July, the Diocese of Sacramento paved the way for the Legion to locate in the region when Bishop William Weigand gave formal permission to develop a campus here."It has always been Bishop Weigand's dream to have a Catholic University in Sacramento," the Rev. Jim Murphy said Thursday. "We're tired of rooting for San Francisco (Catholic) teams. It's time we had our own."

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