The University of Dallas announced a new name for the $15 million student services and administration building, which is expected to open by early 2018. The name – Cardinal Farrell Hall – will honor Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, who previously served as the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.
Farrell, an ardent supporter of the University of Dallas, has played a significant role in the recent growth and revitalization of North Texas’ only Catholic university. In addition to his official duties as seventh bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, he also served as chancellor of the university until his departure for the Vatican last month. He is expected to continue his relationship with the university as one of our trustees.
“Each great campus features an iconic building that holds special significance to all who pass through its gates,” said President Thomas W. Keefe. “Ours will be Cardinal Farrell Hall – an enduring reminder of Bishop Farrell’s dedication to and inspiring support of UD.”
Farrell, who was appointed bishop of Dallas by Pope Benedict XVI, successfully presided over one of the nation’s fastest growing dioceses for nearly a decade. On Sept. 1 of this year, after being named the first prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, he became the highest-ranking American working directly with Pope Francis. In his new role Farrell is responsible for promoting the Christian life of the laity, couples, families, young people and their mission in the church and in civil society.