Renovated St. Bede, Newman halls dedicated
October 10, 2012
The newly renovated spaces in St. Bede
Hall and Newman Hall, on the campus of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in
St. Meinrad, IN, were blessed by Archabbot Justin DuVall, OSB, in a
special ceremony on October 6.
Following Mass in the Archabbey Church, monks, students,
faculty, co-workers, the boards of Overseers and Trustees,
benefactors and guests processed to the buildings for the
After the outside of the buildings were blessed, small groups
moved inside to bless the individual rooms and hang crucifixes.
Following a luncheon, guests toured the buildings to get a close-up
look at the new spaces.
"Countless people have contributed to making the restoration and
renovation of these buildings a reality through the investment of
their material and spiritual means," Archabbot Justin remarked at
the blessing. "Generous friends contributed to the funding,
creative minds considered possibilities, and skilled hands brought
it into a reality - all while kind souls everywhere prayed for the
safe and successful completion of the project."
The buildings' roofs were replaced, and new flashing, gutters
and downspouts were installed. Energy-efficient windows and a new
heating and cooling system are in place. All rooms have individual
controls for heating and cooling.
The buildings are used for Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of
Theology, which offers initial and continuing education for
priests, permanent deacons and lay ministers.
St. Bede Hall
Renovations to this 60-year-old building improved the
infrastructure, added technological capabilities, upgraded elevator
access to five floors, and reworked the space for flexibility and
Classrooms and conference rooms are equipped with built-in
technology (videotaping, projection, Internet access and television
On the first floor, work is under way to update the 500-seat St.
Bede Theater as the final phase of the project. The theater should
be ready for use in spring 2013. The addition of air conditioning
to the building will allow the theater to be used year-round for
The first floor also houses the Office of Group Accommodations.
Visiting groups will make this their first stop for registering and
picking up room keys.
The second floor of St. Bede Hall features a small chapel that
seats 50-60 people; the chapel can be used by groups or as a
practice chapel for students. Office space for the Institute for
Priests and Presbyterates (IPP) is also located on this floor.
The St. John Vianney Center, where the IPP will host life skills
training, is the centerpiece of the third floor. The Center
includes a fully equipped teaching kitchen, dining area and living
room. Across the hall are two large classrooms/conference rooms.
Fifteen guest rooms and a small lounge are also located on the
Another 22 guest rooms are on the fourth floor, along with a
lounge and vending area. All guest rooms include private baths and
wireless Internet access.
The fifth floor, now accessible by elevator, houses a large
conference room that can be divided into two smaller rooms.
Newman Hall renovations represent the final phase of the
projects that resulted from "The Call of Saint Meinrad" campaign
that concluded in 2006. Renovations to Newman Hall began in 2010
and encompassed all five floors of the building.
Some of the major changes include:
- A wellness center for fitness equipment and exercise classes
was created on the ground floor, along with showers, changing
rooms, lockers and a classroom.
- The Scholar Shop bookstore relocated to the first floor.
- The east-west wing of the second floor creates space for three
new classrooms that can handle 40 to 50 students each.
- The Information Technology department and photography-video
studio moved from the third floor to the second.
- The south end of the north-south wing of the second floor now
contains a conference room.
- The Mader Center, which offers reading and writing assistance
and assists students who speak English as a second language, moved
to the third floor and includes space for a larger classroom, where
students can learn at computers or around small tables.
- A third practice chapel and public restrooms are now located in
the north-south wing of the third floor.
- A counseling center on the third floor has been updated with
soundproofing, new heating and air conditioning, lighting,
technology and windows.
- The north-south wing of the fourth floor was renovated to
include four apartments for faculty, public restrooms and a laundry
- The Spiritual Formation Department relocated to the fourth
floor, where the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates was
located before moving to St. Bede Hall.