Roman Catholics are cutting back on their educational enterprises, and evangelicals seem to be cashing in on the opportunities. At least three big Catholic campuses have been purchased by evangelical schools so far this year.
The latest and biggest deal was announced by St. Paul (Minnesota) Bible College, a 53-year-old school of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. St. Paul said it is acquiring for $3,100,000 the 173-acre campus of Jesuit College near the Twin Cities suburb of St. Bonifacius.
The Bible college, which has an enrollment of 405, had been planning to build a new campus on a site it owns in another suburb. The move to the Jesuit school will be made next summer. The Rev. Arthur P. Johnston will become president of St. Paul February 1.
Also planning a move next summer is newly merged Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, which is buying for $2 million a 120-acre campus from the Carmelite Fathers in Hamilton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston.
The Washington (D. C.) Bible College dedicated its new sixty-three-acre campus in suburban Lanham, Maryland, last month. The property formerly housed Divine Saviour Seminary.
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