St. Lawrence dedicates new St. Mary Hall

The Saint Lawrence Seminary community gathered to celebrate Mass and the blessing of St. Mary Hall Friday, Aug. 28.

Following the blessing, a time capsule and cornerstone were installed into the front of the building, while the community of staff, students, and teachers gathered in the newly renovated refectory for an all-school social.

The new and improved St. Mary Hall has a great deal of upgrades. The most obvious are the exterior changes.

The entire building was re-bricked, an atrium was added to the junior dorm, and a 13,000-square foot expansion was added. The expansion allowed for a larger junior dorm, two meeting rooms, a new loading dock, development office, and student health department.

Additionally, it has been fitted with sprinklers, air conditioning, new windows, elevator, and an updated kitchen.

The completion of St. Mary Hall was no easy task. Not only is it harder to remodel something that’s already been built, it often takes longer.

This difficult task not only presented the construction crews with challenges, it also brought new adventures and experiences for the Saint Lawrence community.

The refectory, where students eat, had to be relocated. This was a sacrifice made in order to help accelerate the construction schedule. That meant for three meals a day, seven days a week, the students walked down to the village of Mt. Calvary to eat at Maximilian’s.

Though the loss of the refectory was a change in the way we gathered as a community, the Calvary Spirit could not be deflated. In recent years the campus has seen the much needed upgrades, as well as tragedy.

Long before the loss of St. Joseph Hall, plans for the renovation of St. Anthony Hall and St. Mary Hall were well under way.

The completion of St. Anthony Hall was the first step in taking Saint Lawrence into the next generation.

Step two in the renovation process was completed as St. Mary Hall opened its doors in time for registration day Aug. 22.

Saint Lawrence Seminary continues to be very thankful for all the support it has received from benefactors and alumni. This transitional period could not have happened without the support and cooperation of it’s community on campus.

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