St. Gregory’s College in Shawnee to close

SHAWNEE – St. Gregory’s University, the only Catholic university in Oklahoma, will close its door for financial reasons at the end of the fall semester.

The Board of Directors of St. Gregory’s University decided to suspend operations of the university at the end of this semester, following the denial of their loan application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Without this loan, the university couldn’t go forward. According to a statement, the Board of Directors continues to work actively to resolve financial difficulties and to explore possible partnerships.

“Our main concern at this moment is for our students, staff, and faculty who will be profoundly impacted by this decision,” said Fr. Don Wolf, chairman of the board. “The University is working with several colleges to facilitate student transfers in an attempt to minimize disruption in our students’ lives. Please keep them in your prayers.”

Established in 1875, St. Gregory’s is a liberal arts college. It has a Tulsa campus for adult students near Bishop Kelley High School.

“We will do everything possible to ease the transition as we work with other colleges to place our students. My heart also breaks at the suspension of Catholic liberal arts education in Oklahoma,” said Dr. Michael Scaperlanda, president of St. Gregory’s University.

“The monks of St. Gregory’s Abbey are deeply concerned by this turn of events,” said the Rt. Rev. Lawrence Stasyszen, Abbot and Chancellor of St. Gregory’s. “We are especially concerned for the families who will be impacted by this development. Our community has made one of our highest priorities the mission of education since coming to Indian Territory in 1875.

“The Abbey will continue serving the Catholic community.”