MMU celebrates first-ever rectory with blessing

Moving forward with its goal of creating a vibrant environment reflecting mercy values, Mount Mercy University is proud to announce the addition of its first-ever rectory, to be used by the university’s priest Father Anthony (Tony) Adawu.

The new residence was given by University board of trustees chair Brandt Worley and his wife, Sandy, in honor of Brandt’s mother, Charlotte, and her cousin Father Gerald A. Condon.

“The timing of the gift seemed very appropriate given that we now have Father Tony as MMU's full-time campus priest,” Worley said. “Father brings a very enthusiastic ministry to the entire campus and it seemed only fitting that we establish a permanent home for him and the MMU community.”

Named the Condon Family Rectory, Worley wanted to pay homage to his family’s deep roots in the Cedar Rapids community.

“The Condons are a very proud and devoted family in this community.” Worley said. “This past January, Father Condon celebrated his 60th Jubliee year as a priest. Father Condon was the assistant principal of Regis High School from 1963 to 1966 and was the pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Cedar Rapids from 1983 to 1993. As he marks the 60th anniversary of his ordination this year, we felt this would be a wonderful tribute to the family and to Father Condon's ministry.”

The Rectory, located northwest of main campus at 1329 Elmhurst Drive NE, will be home to Adawu and used to host a variety of community events.

“I am personally and eternally grateful to Brandt and Sandy Worley, Charlotte Worley, Fr. Gerald A. Condon, and the entire Condon and Worley families for their kindness toward us,” said Adawu. “The Condon Family Rectory is a generous gift to Mount Mercy and to the Church. For me, however, it is home away from home. It is a place of peace and rest. As a priest chaplain, I am particularly happy that all in the Mount Mercy community know where to find me and that it is easy for them to do so.”

The public is invited to a blessing of the Rectory on Friday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. Directly following at 11:45 a.m., a special Mass with Archbishop Michael O. Jackels will take place in the Chapel of Mercy on Mount Mercy’s main campus.

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