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The Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Library

"Bob" and his late wife Ruth have supported the University in many ways, from the All for One Club to the landmark exhibit "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People" to the Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Institute for Jesuit Education. Located within the Center for Mission and Identity, the library is the home of the Institute. The library seats twelve and, with its expansive windows overlooking the Xavier Yard, is an attractive meeting space for university departments and committees.

Quick Facts

Opened: January 2012

More on the namesake: Bob is a 1949 graduate who has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for fourteen years, six as the chair of the Jesuit Identity Committee. While a student, he was captain of Musketeer football and president of student council. In October 2012, he received the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, the highest honor from the National Catholic Education Association.

Additional notes:

  • Alumna artist Holly Schapker's painting of Ignatius Loyola, "Epiphany Outside Manresa," adorns the room; details are here.
  • A blessing of the Library was offered during the meeting of the Jesuit Identity Committee of the Board of Trustees on February 17, 2012 by Fr. Bill Verbryke, SJ (Superior of the Xavier Jesuit Community and member of the Committee). Members of the Conway Foundation, including Bob, the staff of the Center, and artist Holly Schapker were present.
  • The library is active; print materials on Jesuit Catholic identity, education, and Ignatian spirituality are available.


The Fenwick Executive Conference Room

Adjacent to the Center for Mission and Identity is a 30-person executive conference room regularly hosting the President's Cabinet retreats, committee meetings of the Board of Trustees and other significant campus gatherings.

Quick Facts:

Opened: January 2012

Namesake: Cincinnati's first bishop, Bishop Edward Dominic Fenwick, O.P.

Additional note:

  • Six paintings of alumna Holly Schapker, from her ADSUM collection, are displayed.