Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

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St Bede

Over the years, St. Bede Hall on the Saint Meinrad campus has seen a variety of uses. However, in recent years, much of the space had been waiting for a new use.

Now, the nearly 60-year-old building has been renovated, with major improvements to infrastructure, the addition of technological capabilities, the upgrading of access to five floors, and the reworking of space for flexibility and better use.

View YouTube playlist of the renovation progress.

Infrastructure

  • Replaced roof; addition of flashing, gutters and downspouts
  • Installed energy-efficient windows and a new heating/cooling system with individual controls
  • Modernized elevator extends to the fifth floor
  • Classroom technology (for videotaping, projection, Internet access and TV reception)
  • Guest rooms have wireless capability

New Configuration

  • First floor: (Houses 500-seat St. Bede Theater; current layout remained mostly unchanged)
    --Offices and a reception area for the Office of Group Accommodations
    --In the theater, a platform was added in front of the stage for less formal presentations
  • Second Floor: A chapel that seats 50-60 people (available for use by groups or as a practice chapel for students)
    --Office space for the Institute for Priests and Presbyterates and other programs
  • Third Floor: IPP life skills center (St. John Vianney Center), multipurpose lounge, two conference rooms, and 15 guest rooms with private baths
  • Fourth Floor: 22 guest rooms and a lounge area
  • Fifth floor: Large flexible meeting room that can be divided into two smaller rooms