Ashers Donate Property to Benedictine College

Land Could be New Baseball/Softball Complex

  • Thursday, March 28, 2013


James and Pat Asher have donated more than seven acres of land adjacent to Benedictine College’s Larry Wilcox Stadium, allowing the college to expand to the north. According to college officials, the property could become a new baseball/softball stadium that will carry the family’s name. Groundbreaking for the Asher Sports Complex could come as early as May of this year, with leveling of the land the first step. Additional fundraising will be necessary to complete the construction.

The block on which the Asher home is locatedwill continue to be a residential neighborhood as originally developed.  Although the couple will no longer see farmland to the east of their home, they have been assured the land will be maintained and developed appropriately. Plans for the complex are still being formulated. 

“We will be forever grateful to Jim and Pat Asher and their family for this generous investment in Benedictine College’s baseball and softball programs,” said Minnis. “We look forward to gathering with the campus and greater Atchison community to watch the first pitch at the new Asher Sports Complex in the future.”

Jim Asher, a retired Atchison hospital administrator and his wife, Pat, a retired Benedictine College employee, sent all seven of their children to Benedictine College. Members of their Raven family include James’74; Martin ’77; John ’80; Mary ’80; Paul ’85; Elizabeth Gruenbacher ’86 and Robert ’89.

“It was by no accident we chose the current location to live when we moved to Atchison almost 50 years ago,” said Pat Asher.  “The cross above the Abbey Church beckoned to us when we strolled through the neighborhood in search of a place to build our home. That cross throughout the years has continued to deepen our appreciation of the Benedictine monks and sisters with whom we’ve been associated since moving to town.

“It is our privilege to give to the Benedictine community the seven and a half acres of land adjacent to our home to help meet the college’s need for expansion, necessitated by its growing enrollment,” she added.  “We look forward to our association with Benedictine College for many years to come.”

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.