Catholic Identity

Manor College is America’s premier two-year Catholic institution. Here, you’ll find a welcoming community that honors our Catholic identity and Basilian ideals.

Our sponsors – The Sisters of Saint Basil the Great – were founded in the 4th century by Saint Basil the Great and his sister Saint Macrina. Their primary influence was the Gospel imperative to love all human beings and serve each person in the name of God. They believed in developing the potential of each human being through education, working in partnership with God in this creative act.

We express our Basilian intellectual tradition through a fundamental openness in the search for truth that sees no ultimate conflict between religious faith and human knowing, and is receptive to other expressions of religious faith.

Who we are and what we believe permeates Manor College in both visible and subtle ways.

Signs of our faith

  • Religious Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great
  • Liturgy
  • Campus Ministry
  • Chapel
  • Theology courses
  • Founder’s Day
  • Names of buildings
  • Orientation
  • Visual displays such as the Manor seal, banners, and flags around campus

Interwoven into all we do

  • Core values that emphasize Fortitudio (fortitude) and Caritas (charity)
  • Our Statement of Community Ideals, emphasizing a welcoming community and respect for all
  • Catholic social teaching
  • Institutional goals

Manor College is a purposeful, just, and caring community – a place where every person is supported and respected, and where service to others is strongly encouraged and modeled.


Father Friedrich Bechina (right), Vatican Undersecretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, and Dr. Michael Galligan-Stierle (center), President and CEO of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, are greeted by Manor College President Sister Mary Cecilia Jurasinski, OSBM during their recent visit to the college.


Father Beachina and Dr. Galligan-Stierle each receive the gift of a Ukrainian pysanky egg from Manor’s Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center during their recent visit.


The following are pictured during the the recent visit of (pictured seated, center) Father Friedrich Bechina, Vatican Undersecretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, and Dr. Michael Galligan-Stierle, President and CEO of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (pictured seated, left). Also pictured are college president, Sister Mary Cecilia Jurasinski, OSBM (seated, right) and standing, left to right: Nick Rudnytzky, associate registrar; Dean of Students Sister Marie Francis Walchonsky, OSBM; Dr. Stephen Grieco, associate dean of academic affairs; Executive Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs Sally Mydlowec; and Marc Minnick, director of Manor’s business programs.