Moran Hall Reopening Featured in Texas Catholic Herald

The reopening of Moran Hall was featured in the Texas Catholic Herald on March 26, 2024. Read about it on page 20 of the Texas Catholic Herald or below. 

Strake Jesuit opens new theological library, college counseling center 

HOUSTON - Strake Jesuit College Preparatory's Moran Hall re-opened on March 5, unveiling its expanded college counseling center and theological library. The college counseling center occupies the entire ground floor and will support every student's search for a college where they can continue to answer God's call for their lives as the theological library and expanded theology office suite contextualize their discernment about college from the floor above. 

Undergoing its first major renovation since its opening in 1988, the new renovation was its first complete overhaul. Alumni from virtually every generation will have differing memories of the former layouts of Moran Hall. Altered more than any other building on campus over the years, it has been indispensable in flexing with the needs of the school as it has grown every decade in response to increasing demand for a Catholic and Jesuit education. 

The original construction of Moral Hall provided over 13,000 square feet of classroom space to support the school's blossoming enrollment. Every few years, minor construction projects altered the functionality of the building, but its latest iteration was used for floor administrative offices on the first floor, with the theology, college counseling and admissions departments sharing the upstairs. 

Now to be used primarily for theology and college counseling departments, the new dedication of Moran Hall is deeply essential to the core mission of Strake Jesuit, which is to be a college preparatory school that executes the formation of young men into servant leaders and Men for Others in the Jesuit and Catholic tradition. 

The path to renovation for Moran Hall was paved by the completion of Loyola Hall in 2021, which brought nearly 80,000 square feet of classroom and administrative space to the Strake Jesuit campus. Loyola Hall freed up space for development in Moran Hall by giving a new home to the admissions office at the new front entrance of the campus.