Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

The Project

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The Project

Renovating St. Bede Hall's 49,000+ square feet of space provided an opportunity for the Seminary and School of Theology programs to continue to expand and flourish. The programs are already successful; renovating this solidly built structure created a flexible, functional, comfortable learning environment that enables more people to take advantage of them.

The renovation work maintains and makes the best use of a well-constructed sandstone building that has been serving the School since the early 1950s.

Here's how Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology programs are benefiting from the renovation:

Institute for Priests and Presbyterates

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  • More space for current programs and the opportunity to add more sessions
  • New programs have room to flourish
  • More guest rooms and larger meeting rooms allow more priests to attend programs
  • Opportunities for diocesan presbyterates to gather (a presbyterate is made up of a diocese's priests and bishop)

Lay Degree Program

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  • More and larger classroom space, especially for weekend courses
  • Comfortable overnight accommodations, appropriate for adult students
  • Eliminates the need for off-campus housing
  • A chapel is available for prayer and Mass as a community

Permanent Deacon Formation Program

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  • More classrooms are available for use
  • Chapel space is used for prayer and Mass as a community, or for homily practice
  • Space is now available for more continuing education courses and workshops
  • Ability to serve more dioceses

"One Bread, One Cup" Program

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  • More rooms available for use by the high school youth and college interns
  • Offer separate space away from other programs
  • Space for conferences, learning sessions and other activities
  • Addition of air conditioning and private baths
  • Better access and improved hospitality for loading and unloading 

Office of Group Accommodations

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The Office of Group Accommodations welcomes many guests to Saint Meinrad each year and brings in revenue to supplement other School programs.

  • Improved accommodations and enhanced hospitality
  • Addition of central air conditioning, updated heating system and private baths
  • Flexible classroom and conference spaces
  • Convenient loading/unloading area at the front doors
  • Upgraded elevator provides easy access to rooms
  • Easier registration and checkout for guests with a central reception area