Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

Bell Repairs

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For several months earlier this year, the bells were silent at Saint Meinrad Archabbey. Their distinctive chords were unable to proclaim to monks, students and visitors the passing of each quarter hour or call them to prayer and Mass.

After a crack was discovered in Bell 6, it was removed from the Archabbey Church tower on February 8 and sent to the Netherlands for repair. Issues were also discovered with Bells 2-5. They, too, were unable to be used.

The issues didn't stop with the bells. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that the antiquated mechanisms for the tower clocks desperately needed to be upgraded.

Thankfully, Bells 2-5 have been repaired and are once again ringing out. We expect Bell 6 to be back at Saint Meinrad this fall.

The estimated total cost to repair the bells is $100,000. To date, nearly 350 benefactors have donated more than $72,000 toward that cost. 

Repair of the tower clocks is estimated to cost $25,000. Their repair is on hold until funding is available.

You can help offset the cost of repairing the bells and tower clocks by using our secure online giving form. Select "Bell Repairs" in the section called "Use My Gift For."