Raider Catholic, the Catholic campus ministry at Texas Tech University, opened their new 18,888 square foot student center this past Sunday!
In April 2015, representatives from the Catholic Diocese of Lubbock, Saint Elizabeth University Parish, and Texas Tech University unveiled a $6.8 million project that would construct and establish a permanent endowment to support a new Catholic student center. A generous $5 million lead gift from the estate of John Saleh provided the majority of the funding to construct the new facility. The facility has been named the John Saleh Catholic Student Center in his honor. A capital campaign titled Raider Promise also raised $820,000 for furnishings, security, audio visual systems and outdoor amenities, such as lighting, landscaping/irrigation, a large patio and surface parking on the east side of building.
The dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the facility was held Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Bishop Robert Coerver presided over the dedication.
Raider Catholic in Lubbock traces its origins to 1925 when Texas Technological College opened to 914 students. Both the university and the ministry have thrived in the years since. Texas Tech University has established itself as a Tier One research university and its strategic plan projects enrollment at 40,000 student by 2020. With approximately 19 percent of those students self-identifying as Roman Catholics… Raider Catholic is exploding with growth.