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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 1:44 pm | Updated: 11:27 am, Fri Jun 1, 2012.

Benedictine University met another milestone in its effort to open a Mesa campus, with the college announcing on Wednesday that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has officially invited it to open a campus here.

Benedictine plans to open a campus at 51 E. Main Street in August 2013, becoming the first Catholic college in Arizona. The university anticipates a big demand, citing Maricopa County’s estimated 530,000 Catholics.

Benedictine’s initial degree offerings will include bachelors in fine arts, criminal justice, communication arts, psychology, theology, science in nutrition and management in organizational behavior, along with a minor in religious studies.

Benedictine has received certification from Arizona to operate here.

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