In his column for the St. Cloud Times, former Collegeville Institute director Patrick Henry wrote about the 50th Anniversary of three Minnesota institutions, including the Collegeville Institute. The article begins like this:
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Minnesota Public Radio, United Way of Central Minnesota, and the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research. Each has played a notable role this past half-century, and today each is a rampart against erosion of the values they were established to support.
A few years before the station that would grow into Minnesota Public Radio went on the air (Jan. 22, 1967) at St. John’s University, President John F. Kennedy said to the American Newspaper Publishers Association, “No official of my administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.”