By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There will be a lasting memorial to the late Cardinal John Foley on the campus of his alma mater, St. Joseph’s University.

It used to be called the campus commons.  Now, it’ll be known as the Cardinal John Foley Campus Center, named after the former Vatican spokesman who died last month (see related stories).

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University president-elect Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie thinks it appropriate that the center was at one time a chapel.

“Sacred space,” he notes.  “We want to continue that tradition.  The sacredness of welcoming prospective students and their parents.  It’s a sacred hospitality.  And Cardinal Foley was somebody who embodied that welcoming spirit.  A great sense of humor, but also wisdom.”

Foley was an alumnus of St. Joe’s, Class of ’57.

His friend Mike Morris, a 1956 graduate, donated the money for the Cardinal Foley Campus Center sign that will be formally dedicated in April.

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