Carroll to Celebrate Founder's Day Nov 2-4

Founder's Day

Founder's Day 2023

From November 2-4, 2023, Carroll College will celebrate Founder’s Day (November 4), a decades-long tradition of giving back to the Carroll community and observing the feast day of St. Charles Borromeo, our patron.

Founder's Day will begin with a book signing with Father Bart Tolleson in the Upper Campus Center on Thursday, November 2 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Fr. Tolleson will be signing his book, "That Was Father Stu: A Memoir of My Priestly Brother and Friend." You will have an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book through our Saints' Shoppe.

The events on Friday, November 3rd include a mass with Bishop Austin Vetter, a celebration of Founder's Day with free beverages for Carroll's faculty, staff, and students*, a women's basketball alumni game, and a formal student dinner.

On the morning of November 4 (Founder's Day), the Carroll community and guests will have an opportunity to worship together at 9:30 AM at our Founder's Day Mass, followed by a time of service. Games with the Fighting Saints football and women's basketball teams will round out the celebration.

*All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join the Carroll College tradition - Friday at 5... but at 2:00 p.m.! Any member of the current Carroll community 21+ will get two free drinks, and anyone under 21 will be provided with a free non-alcoholic beverage.

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Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 2, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.Fr. Bart Tolleson Book Signing: That Was Father Stu: A Memoir of My Priestly Brother and FriendUpper Campus Center

Friday, November 3, 2023

7:15 - 8:15 a.m.Mass with Bishop VetterAll Saints Chapel
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.Friday at 2. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join this Carroll College traditionUpper Campus Center
3:00 - 4:00 p.mRemembering Founder's Day. With Guillermo Perez-Ochoa & Monsignor Kevin O’NeillUpper Campus Center
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.Women's Basketball Alumni GamePE Center
5:00 - 7:00 p.mFounder's Day Formal Student DinnerUpper Campus Center

Saturday, November 4, 2023

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.Founder's Day MassAll Saints Chapel
10:00 a.m. - noonFounder's Day Service. Writing thank you notes.All Saints Chapel Classroom 201
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.Football vs Montana WesternNelson Stadium
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.Women's Basketball vs Montana State University (ex)    PE Center

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Founder’s Day is really a combination of two Carroll College holidays that have been celebrated for decades, St. Charles Day and Campus Day. November 4th is the Feast of St. Charles Borromeo, the patron saint of Carroll College, chosen by Bishop Carroll to intercede for the College and its role in forming young men for the priesthood. To this day, he remains the patron of Carroll, hence the names of St. Charles Hall and Borromeo Hall. 

The Carroll College website provides an initial description of what occurred on St. Charles Day from 1910-1970. A couple minor but notable additions to this explanation would be that St. Charles Day was not celebrated in this way during the years of World War II, as students were completing classes as quickly as possible and we could not afford the day off. The Hilltopper, Carroll’s yearbook during those years, often tells the score of the underclassmen vs upperclassmen football game held in the afternoon. The St. Charles Day Banquet dinner was also very notable in the Hilltopper throughout the years, and one year even included a professional piano concert. Additionally, the cancelation of classes seem to have always been a big hit for students, faculty, and staff alike. One explanation says that the cancelation of classes allowed one to “collect one’s thoughts and just plain relax.” 

Campus Day, on the other hand, usually occurred on a Saturday in May, just before the end of the school year. This was a time for students, alongside faculty and staff, to give back to the Carroll community through service. Usually, this entailed a variety of outdoor cleaning and maintenance activities to assist the grounds crew. While St. Charles Day was annual with few exceptions, it appears that Campus Day was slightly more infrequent, but a tradition nonetheless. Campus Day also included games, meals, and a celebratory Mass in which students could partake in fellowship with their peers and teachers.

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