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    OUR LOCATION

    The city of Steubenville is located 42 miles west of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 24 miles north of Wheeling, West Virginia, 150 miles east of Columbus, Ohio, and 120 miles south of Cleveland, Ohio.

    Franciscan University of Steubenville is located on University Boulevard, near the junction of US Route 22 and Ohio Route 7, and 35 minutes from Pittsburgh International Airport.

    Steubenville serves as a hub for the economy of approximately 40 smaller cities and villages located within 25 miles of the city limits.

    OUR HERITAGE

    The year was 1946, and World War II had just ended. Isolated from the mainstream of academic life, the city of Steubenville lacked an institution of higher learning. At the invitation of Bishop John King Mussio, the Franciscan friars of the Third Order Regular agreed to establish a college in the city. A delegation of friars looked over available facilities, and in June 1946 purchased the Knights of Pythias Building at 420 Washington Street. With no guarantees except that of moral support, the friars invested $350,000 in what would prove to be a great educational venture. As enrollment grew, other buildings were bought or leased, until it became evident that proper expansion required enough land for a permanent campus. In 1953, the friars purchased a 40-acre tract on a site overlooking the city of Steubenville. Today Franciscan University encompasses a 220-acre campus with 24 buildings.

    While many graduates pursue careers around the country, others are involved in local government, education, medicine, law, business, and industry. Since Steubenville is the hub of a highly industrialized area, and since the demand for trained personnel is growing rapidly, it is not unusual to find students remaining in the tri-state area after graduation to make the Ohio Valley their home.

    The heritage of Franciscan University of Steubenville continues to be a source of pride for graduates, students, faculty members, and residents of the Steubenville area.

    OUR FOUNDERS

    In the year 1182, in the little town of Assisi, near Perugia, Italy, a son was born to a rich merchant named Pietro Bernardone. His baptismal name was Giovanni, “John,” but his father renamed him Francesco, “Frenchman,” because Pietro was fond of France.

    As a youth, Francesco eagerly exercised chivalry and arms, and while taking part in one of the petty feuds of the day, he was imprisoned at Perugia for a year. While in Perugia, Francesco became ill, and after being released from prison, he spent much of his time in contemplation. Soon he renounced his former way of life and went on a pilgrimage to Rome in 1206. Thereafter, Francis, as he is known to us, renounced his considerable inheritance, broke with his family, and consecrated himself to poverty and a religious life. No humiliation, no self-sacrifice was too great. He refused any but the simplest clothing—a single gray tunic of coarse woolen cloth belted at the waist by a rope—and begged for alms at the gates of the monasteries. He served the leper colony at Gubbio for some time and later worked with his own hands in rebuilding the churches of St. Damian and St. Mary of the Angels.

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