Saint Francis announces ‘Brick by Brick’ fundraiser for upcoming Trinity Hall Plaza

Pictured: Saint Francis Interim President Dr. Lance Richey and Director of Community Engagement and President Emerita Sr. Elise Kriss with Johnny Cougar

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The University of Saint Francis offers alumni, friends, supporters and students a chance to purchase a personalized brick to support the creation of Trinity Hall Plaza, an upcoming gathering place on campus.

The “Brick by Brick” campaign will help finance the construction of an outdoor plaza connecting the south side of Trinity Hall to the Cougar Den, home of Holy Grounds Coffee shop. Among the possible amenities in the new plaza will be benches and a dining area, as well as a fire pit for evening gatherings.

“Trinity Hall Plaza is destined to become a new favorite spot for students and campus guests to enjoy as they stroll through our beautiful University of Saint Francis campus,” Interim President Dr. Lance Richey said. “We ask our alumni and supporters to help with this project by purchasing a customized brick to commemorate their connection to Saint Francis or to honor someone special.”

A $300 charitable contribution secures a personalized brick in the plaza and supports the creation of a vibrant space where students and the entire campus community can gather. Since Saint Francis is a 501c3 charitable organization, donations are considered 100% charitable by IRS guidelines. 

Those purchasing a brick may customize a message and choose from a selection of design images. All messages will be reviewed to ensure alignment with Saint Francis’ Catholic and Franciscan values. Character limits apply. Payment plans of $25 per month are available.

For more details, visit or contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 260-399-8034 or

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 60 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the College of Health Sciences and the College of Arts, Sciences and Business. In addition to its traditional programs, Saint Francis designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. USF Downtown houses the music technology program while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis, recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution, has 18 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships. Approximately 1,900 students from a broad geographic region attend Saint Francis.