The story of Villa Maria Hall, the center of Immaculata’s campus, begins with Mother M. Camilla Maloney, IHM, Mother General of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mother Camilla’s vision and trust in the Providence of God led her to acquire the land where Immaculata, Villa Maria Hall, now stands. In 1908, the ground was broken for its construction.
The cornerstone that is etched “1914” tells the date when the construction of this magnificent edifice was completed. And the decades have gone by quickly from that first spade in the ground to this day when spades continue to carve out the history of Immaculata University.
Over the past century, Villa Maria Hall has been the site of countless community events, from the very first Carol Night held on December 21, 1921 to a 21st-century news conference facilitated by IU faculty, and dance socials in the 1950s. It has embraced the celebration of joyful milestones such as pinning and ring ceremonies, graduation, a Mighty Macs Pep Rally and a Hall of Fame reception for the three-time national women’s college basketball champions. It has cradled within its blessed space the sorrowful moments as well, such as when the grieving gathered for a 9/11 prayer service.
Throughout the academic year, the Immaculata University Community will be celebrating this special anniversary. Check out Immaculata’s website, and enjoy some photos and memories of Villa Maria through the years.
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Villa Maria cannot be done without celebrating highlights of the history of Immaculata. Enjoy seeing a few of the many accomplishments achieved by those who have studied, taught, walked, played, and embraced here at Immaculata over these last 100 years.
Check out www.immaculata.edu/timeline for more highlights, both academic and social, of the world of Villa Maria Hall and Immaculata University.
Become a part of the celebration by emailing your memories of Villa Maria Hall
to be posted later in the academic year. Email your memories to: