St. Gregory's traces its roots to the Sacred Heart Mission, founded in Atoka, Oklahoma on October 12, 1875 by the Benedictine monks Father Isidore Robot, O.S.B., and Brother Dominic Lambert, O.S.B. In 1876, the mission relocated near Konawa, Oklahoma and became an abbey. Sacred Heart College was founded with the permission of the Vatican in 1877 and later gained approval from the territorial government in 1883. After a disastrous fire in 1901 that destroyed the school and the monastery, the monks accepted an offer from the town Shawnee and began construction of the Catholic University of Oklahoma in 1910. The school opened its doors in 1915, and in 1922, the name was changed to St. Gregory's College. The monks jointly operated a men's high school at the location until 1965. In 1927, the abbey itself moved from Konawa to Shawnee. The school was known as St. Gregory's College until 1997, when it changed from a junior college to a baccalaureate-conferring university. In 2005 St. Gregory's was accredited to offer a graduate program in business, and began offering classes March 2006.
Fr. Lawrence Stasyszen, O.S.B. was the president of the university from May 2000 until April 2007. He currently serves as chancellor of SGU and Abbot of St. Gregory's Abbey. In his tenure, Fr. Stasyszen worked to fully implement the principles of the Constitution for Catholic Universities, Ex Corde Ecclesiae.
Dr. David Wagie succeeded Abbot Stasyszen as president on April 2, 2007. Wagie most recently served as a consultant to the UAE minister of education. His previous experience also includes a stint as provost of the United States Air Force Academy. Wagie retired from the Air Force in July 2004 as a Brigadier General.
The University has approximately 800 students total, including 330 at its main campus in Shawnee and 300 at its campus in Tulsa. St. Gregory's has a student/faculty ratio of 11:1.
The 75 acre campus is surrounded by the of St. Gregory's Abbey.
The University's sports teams are known as the Cavaliers, and compete in the Sooner Athletic Conference of the NAIA. SGU fields men's teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and track and field, and women's teams in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, and track and field.
St. Gregory the Great earns Blue Ribbon School Award St. Gregory wins academic excellence award.(Chesapeake Clipper)
Jan 11, 2008; Byline: IRENE BOWERS By Irene Bowers Correspondent St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, though feeling blue, could not be...