Marian Hall will be removed once new facility is finished

    The Sisters of Saint Benedict held ground-breaking ceremonies for the construction of their new monastery on Tuesday.    

    The new monastery will consist of accommodations for 36 sisters and a guesthouse of eight bedrooms. It also will include a chapter (conference) room and other meeting rooms for the use of the sisters and other groups.  A kitchen, dining room, and other facilities necessary for day-to-day living will be contained in the new building along with expanded parking areas nearby. After the completion of the new construction, the four-story Marian Hall building will be deconstructed.   

    About ten years ago the Sisters of Saint Benedict began exploring and planning for a different configuration of living space because they realized the space they currently occupied in Marian Hall along with Good Shepherd Hall was too large for them. They recognized that the 52 year-old Marian Hall building needed extensive infrastructure repair which would be ongoing and more costly than building a new space that would be more conducive to monastic life. Along with other costs the price of heat was rising, and that encouraged the sisters to consider geothermal heating for the new building.   

    After exploring various options for Marian Hall, which did not materialize, the sisters decided to proceed with building a new monastery. Sister Jennifer Kehrwald, OSB, administrator for the Sisters of Saint Benedict, stated “The new monastery meets the current and future needs of the sisters while allowing them to continue sharing their spirituality in public programs.”   

    The Sisters of Saint Benedict engaged Dan Tideman of GTL Architects to design the new monastic living space.