当克劳德·M主教. Dubuis of Galveston learned of Mrs. Mary Doyle's intention to leave most of her 498-acre South Austin farm to the Catholic church to establish an education institution, 他邀请了爱德华·索林神父, CSC, superior general of the Congregation of Holy Cross, 1872年搬到德克萨斯.
父亲早 was among the first members of the Congregation of Holy Cross, which was founded near Le Mans, 法国, in 1837. He was sent to the United States to spread the ideals of Holy Cross education, and he founded several schools and universities, 包括圣. 爱德华的 and the University of Notre Dame.
Answering the bishop's invitation, 父亲早 traveled to Austin and surveyed the beauty of the surrounding hills and lakes. 一年后，随着Mrs. Doyle's death, he founded a Catholic school called St. 爱德华的 Academy in honor of his patron saint, Edward the Confessor and King.
In the institution's first year, 1878, three farm boys made up the student body and met for classes in a makeshift building on the old Doyle homestead. In 1885, the academy secured its charter as a college, 到1925年, it received its university charter.
Today, the university honors 父亲早 in several ways. Sorin Hall and the nearby Sorin Oak — a campus landmark and meeting spot — are named for him. And Founders Day events honor 父亲早 and all members of the Congregation of Holy Cross.
"For the kingdom to come in this world, disciples must have the competence to see and the courage to act."
—Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross 2:14