On Oct. 5, Father James P. Burns, IVD, Ph.D. was inaugurated as the 14th president of Saint Mary’s University. A crowd of approximately 1,500 gathered on the Winona Campus to congratulate Father Burns on a day that was filled with pomp and circumstance. Saint Mary’s showcased its strong educational reputation and welcoming atmosphere.
During the inauguration ceremony, Father Burns spoke about what sets an education at Saint Mary’s apart from the competition: “If we are open and unafraid about forming our students and ourselves, not only in intellect, but in heart and soul as well, we will be living into that which truly sets our schools apart.
“In fact, we could even say that just helping our students is not enough, just educating their minds is not enough, and even just forming them generally is not enough. All of these are only part of our educational effort. Rather more deeply it is about forming them in a particular way, helping them to perceive, to know, to act, and to do the good in the right way at the right time for the right reason.”