Grace & Glory on the Noble Hill – Buy Your Copy Now!

Grace & Glory on the Noble HillIn 1914, just in time for the fall academic semester, Villa Maria Hall opened its doors and served as the site for Villa Maria Academy.  Not until 1920 did Villa Maria College, now known as Immaculata University (IU), become a reality,.  The rich history of those pioneering Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Sisters, along with a collection of rarely seen historic images including two of Mother Teresa on campus in 1976 and stunning present-day photos, are captured in a new book, Immaculata University: Grace & Glory on the Noble Hill.  The book is sold exclusively through Immaculata’s Division of University Communications for $30 plus tax and shipping.  To order your copy, please call 610-647-4400, ext. 3874.  For more information, visit

Written by Ellen Dooley, edited by IU’s Vice President for University Communications Robert Cole, designed by Dan Serianni and Kate Lawler, and photographed by Jack Hardway, Seth Kovanic, Hunter Martin, and Sue Ross, Immaculata University: Grace & Glory on the Noble Hill explores the challenges and triumphs in constructing a Catholic college for women in Chester County, Pennsylvania where cow pastures and farm land once occupied the space where classrooms are today.  Vintage photographs such as the famous Immaculata dome when it was just a shell, depict the fortitude of then Mother General M. Camilla Maloney, IHM, who saw her dream through to fruition.  So how much did the total building cost to construct?  How did the Sisters contend with no water at the location site?  What does the dome look like from inside?  Find out these answers plus more in this 50-page hardcover book.

“This book is a remembrance of that momentous achievement of heart, art, and architecture; a celebration of the domed rotunda’s breathtaking beauty; and an outward and visible sign of our gratitude for a century of graced-filled growth and divinely inspired change,” commented Immaculata University President Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D.

Immaculata University is a comprehensive, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.

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