Landscape: A History of Mount St. John

Landscape: A History of Mount St. John
Donald Geiger, SM
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    Troubled History of Marianist College

    On May 15, 1960, ground was broken for the building of Marianist College, which would house the growing number of young student-brothers at that time. Bishop Alter dedicated it (Appendix 7). The establishment of Marianist College to offer classes for scholastics was impressive, but short lived. At its peak in the early 1960s there were 215 scholastics living there. In 1965 Marianist College was named as the central part of the University of Dayton’s East Campus. This “East Campus” ceased with the departure of many of the scholastics from the Society of Mary in the late 1960s. In 1970 with only some 30 scholastics remaining, the Marianist College Scholasticate closed. This was the beginning of a new era in which community-centered post-novitiate formation was to take place in local communities.

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    “Developing the Land”

    Glacial Beginnings


    The Ludlow Survey

    Shaker Settlement

    Establishment of Mount St. John

    St. Ann’s Novitiate

    St. John Normal School

    Prominent Statues on the Property

    Razing, Reconfiguration, and Other Areas of the Mount

    Marianist Cemetery Established on Mount St. John

    A Period of New Ministries and New Construction

    Establishment of Bergamo

    Building of Queen of Apostles Chapel

    Troubled History of Marianist College

    Impact of Farming at Mount St. John

    Loss of a Large Portion of the Property Due to Interstate 675

    Establishment of the Borrow Pit Tallgrass Prairie

    Protection Through a Conservation Easement

    The Front Field

    Marianist Environmental Education Center

    New Buildings