Sunday, November 28, 2010

American College of the Immaculate Conception (Belgium)

Nancy Frazier O’Brien reports in the Catholic News Service that the American College of the Immaculate Conception in Leuven, Belgium, will close at the end of this academic year citing the small number of seminarians and difficulties in obtaining qualified priests for its faculty. The decision to close in June 2011 was announced to the public Nov. 22 by Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., who chairs the board of bishops of the American College. The college was founded in 1857 by the U.S. bishops and associated with the Catholic University of Louvain.

A history of the college is available on Wikipedia.