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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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