MOUNT PLEASANT � A fast-growing order of Roman Catholic priests that is known for its strict orthodoxy and favorite-son status at the Vatican has proposed building an elite liberal arts university in Thornwood.
Westchester University, its working name, would be a proudly conservative Catholic institution, but open to all. Plans call for the Legionaries of Christ to break ground in 2006 and to develop graduate and undergraduate programs for about 3,000 students in five phases over 30 years.
The Legionaries, a relatively young order founded in Mexico in 1941, already run 11 institutions of higher education around the world. They recently announced plans for their first American university in Sacramento, Calif