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Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville Solidifies Ties with Austrian Monastery

Franciscan University of Steubenville announced an agreement placing an Austrian monastery, long-time home of the University’s study abroad program, under the sole management of the Foundation Maria Thron.

University President Fr. Sean Sheridan, TOR, serves as president of the Foundation Maria Thron, which is composed of Americans and Austrians who oversee the vision and operations of the 14th-century Kartause Maria Thronus Iesu (Monastery of Our Lady, Throne of Jesus) in Gaming, Austria.  The University reports:

The foundation previously was responsible for the preservation and operation of about one-half of the property, with Austrian Architect Walter Hildebrand, who spearheaded the former Carthusian monastery’s restoration, maintaining the balance of the holdings.

The agreement gives Franciscan University full access to some of the Kartause’s most special treasures, including the Bibliothek (library), dubbed the "Sistine Chapel of the North," for its exquisite 18th-century frescoes that depict the sciences leading to truth and ultimately to God; and a Byzantine chapel that is under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Vienna.

Comprising 8.5 acres at the edge of the town of Gaming in the foothills of the Austrian Alps, the Kartause includes the former monastery, now largely transformed into living space and classrooms for Franciscan students, courtyards, a Church whose magnificent frescos were restored in the last two decades to their original grandeur, and a popular hotel and restaurant.

Franciscan University of Steubenville is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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