Mulvas donate $27 million for new school, parish hall in De Pere

DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) - The Mulva family has donated $27 million for a new Notre Dame School and St. Francis Xavier Parish Hall in De Pere.

Photo: GROTH Design Group

Jim and Miriam Mulva partnered with the school and Catholic churches on the city's east side.

The gift covers the building of a state-of-the-art, three-story Notre Dame School for students in early childhood through eighth grade. The 87,000-square-foot elementary school will merge with the existing Notre Dame campus. The current elementary school is located two blocks away from the middle school.

A facility study found that both Notre Dame buildings were "needing costly maintenance and repairs."

"God's gifts to us aren't really ours," says Miriam Mulva. "To us it's something to be shared with others, and I think that's why we're here on this earth is to help each other, to love each other."

The gift also covers the building of a new parish center for St. Francis Xavier. It will replace Dolski Parish Center.

"It's very important not that we horde whatever we have, but that we do what we can to help one another. And it's very important to us to give back to the community where we grew up," said Jim Mulva. "And those were formative times. And as Miriam indicated the Catholic church is right at the very top. The community of De Pere, and then it comes down to education and youth. Just a natural for us. And we like to look for larger, discreet projects that can have a real impact to the community."

GROTH Design Group and Miron Construction will lead the project.

The new school at the corner of George and Huron is expected to open in fall of 2020.

"I have had a lot of different priests call me and saying they are so jealous that they don't have a gift like this coming their way. And truly it's by the grace of God and the generosity of Jim and Miriam Mulva that we will be able to go the direction that we're going," says Father Richard Getchel, St. Francis Xavier and St. Mary pastor.

Earlier this month, the Mulvas announced a $50 million gift for a new cultural center in De Pere. The three-story, 60,000-square-foot Mulva Cultural Center will feature world-class exhibit and performance spaces, an auditorium and open air atrium, along with classrooms, a cafe, an outdoor terrace and veterans memorial.

Blessed by a fortune through Jim's career as chairman and CEO and of ConocoPhillips, the Mulvas say they're thrilled to give back to their hometown with a focus on arts, culture, education and their Catholic faith.

They're likely not done yet.

"We have ideas, but in terms of scope and size, these two are pretty large projects," Jim Mulva says.