My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of University: University of San Diego
Location: San Diego CA
I was surprised on two fronts recently. One I did not know that the University of San Diego was a Catholic College and two they have one of the nicest cathedrals in the country called the Immaculata Parish.
The church of The Immaculata, which was dedicated on May 5, 1959, owes its beginning to the Most Reverend Charles Francis Buddy, founding bishop of the Diocese of San Diego. The church was originally designed to serve as the main chapel of the University of San Diego and of the Immaculate Heart Seminary. Today, it has become a separate parish encompassing Alcalá Park and the surrounding community.
There are some neat architectural features of Immaculata including:
- Inside the church, there are 20 side chapels. The Stations of the Cross, which are located above the chapels, were imported from Italy. The hand-carved crucifix on the north wall of the church was constructed in Oberammergau, Germany.
- The barrel-vaulted ceiling is 50 feet high through the nave and transept areas, increasing the total height to 105 feet atop the sanctuary dome.
- Throughout the church, a mixture of marble and marble aggregate was used for the pillars and floor. The main altar is one slab of marble. It is constructed in a way so Mass can be offered with the priest facing in either direction.
Today, the University of San Diego is a nationally ranked Catholic institution with more than 800 faculty members and 7,800 undergraduate, graduate and law students.