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Successful Fundraising Event Held for St. Aedan’s: The Saint Peter’s University Church

At Amanda’s restaurant in Hoboken, friends of Saint Peter’s University gathered for the sixth annual St. Aedan’s: The Saint Peter’s University Church Fundraiser. Joyce and Eugene O. Flinn ’80 graciously hosted the five-course dinner with wine-pairings. At the event, guests were able to order from a “menu” of fundraising options intended to enhance the unique offerings at St. Aedan’s such as community programming, Ignatian learning experiences,  global justice service and immersion programs, The Campus Kitchen and Schola, the Saint Peter’s University liturgical choir. The event raised $38,000, bringing the five-year total to $100,000, a clear investment in community programs and those who mentor, support and inspire.

Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., president of Saint Peter’s University, shared insight at the event. He reflected on his past 10 years as president, in which he has grown and advanced the University in many ways including attaining University status and a 20 percent increase in enrollment in the past five years. In addition, under Dr. Cornacchia’s tenure, the University assumed responsibility for St. Aedan’s: The Saint Peter’s University Church. In the last decade, the church has grown as well. It is a befitting home of worship for the University’s community of students, alumni and local residents. In addition, Schola’s participation in Mass has deepened campus spiritual experiences while programming from Arts on Bergen offers free concerts at St. Aedan’s. Lastly, The Campus Kitchen provides a beacon of hope for the local disenfranchised and it has served over 35,000 meals to date.

“The next 10 years will build on momentum achieved by the unparalleled growth of the last decade,” said Dr. Cornacchia.