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Marquette to name new Jesuit Residence in honor of donor’s father

Dr. E. J. O’Brien Jesuit Residence recognizes generosity of Patricia and Donald Schneider

By - Oct 1st, 2015 10:09 am
The New Jesuit Residence. Photo by Brendan Murphy.

The New Jesuit Residence. Photo by Brendan Murphy.

MILWAUKEE – Marquette University on Friday, Oct. 30, will dedicate its new 40,000 square-foot Jesuit Residence in honor of Dr. E. J. O’Brien, the father of Patricia Schneider, the facility’s lead donor. She is the widow of Donald Schneider, chairman emeritus and former president and CEO of Green Bay, Wisconsin-based Schneider National, a leading transportation and logistics firm.

Patricia Schneider has numerous family connections to Marquette. Dr. O’Brien, a physician, graduated from the former Marquette Medical School in 1928. Additionally, two of her brothers, her daughter and son-in-law, and two of her grandchildren are Marquette alumni.

The Dr. E. J. O’Brien Jesuit Residence will be home to Marquette’s community of Jesuit priests, and will feature 25 resident rooms and five guest rooms, as well as a chapel and garden space. The chapel will be named the Donald J. Schneider Chapel.

“Marquette is grateful for Patricia’s gift, and we are honored to have her family’s legacy live on in this superb new home for our Jesuit priests,” President Michael R. Lovell said.

“The new home for our Jesuit community remains at the heart of campus, and I can’t stress enough how important that is to us Jesuits and the entire Marquette community,” said Rev. Jeffrey LaBelle, S.J., rector of the Jesuit Community at Marquette University. “To have a modern and welcoming space for our priests to live, worship, and interact with students, faculty and staff is truly a gift.”

“The Jesuit community plays a critical role at Marquette in sustaining the university’s Catholic focus and tradition,” Patricia Schneider said. “My family is proud to join the other generous donors to provide an on-campus, quality living facility for these committed religious leaders at the university.”

Patricia Schneider, who resides in the Green Bay area, has also made significant donations to St. Norbert College, another Catholic institution in DePere, Wisconsin, and her husband’s alma mater. In 2014 she made a gift to establish the College’s Donald J. Schneider School of Business and Economics.

About the Dr. E. J. O’Brien Jesuit Residence

The new 40,000 square-foot, five-story Dr. E. J. O’Brien Jesuit Residence emphasizes the Jesuit commitment to higher education, is environmentally friendly and remains at the center of campus, underscoring the university’s identity and tradition as a Catholic, Jesuit institution. It also reflects the Jesuits contemplative way of life and communal approach to daily living with the Donald J. Schneider Chapel at its center, along with additional worship and meeting spaces.

Located on the 1400 block of Wells Street and flanked by the Alumni Memorial Union and Schroeder Hall, the Dr. E. J. O’Brien Jesuit Residence fits with the university’s long-term vision to reimagine and renovate the center of campus between Wisconsin Avenue and Wells Street.

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