St. Meinrad Announces $ 10 Million Campaign to Renovate Buildings and Create New Programs


The Archabbey of St. Meinrad has announced a $ 10 million campaign to renovate two buildings and establish two new programs.

The campaign “Forward together: For the life of the Church” was publicly announced on August 22nd at a special event in St. Meinrad.

Vice President Development Duane Schaefer said the campaign has already received gifts and pledges totaling just over $ 9 million. He commended the Campaign Cabinet and its leadership for their work in initiating the quiet phase of the campaign just before the COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic made face-to-face meetings and visits impossible just as the campaign began.

The campaign co-chairs are Mike and Pam Schwenk from Jasper, IN, and Tom and Linda Weintraut from Zionsville, IN. Honorary Coordinators are Carl and Mary Kay Wolford from New Albany, IN, and Beeb and Bonnie Graham from Washington, IN.

New programs

The campaign will finance renovations to the Archabbey Library and St. Anselm Hall, as well as two new initiatives. The first is the Youth and Youth Evangelization Center. The centre’s mission will be to attract young men and women of the Catholic Church to opportunities to grow in discipleship at all levels.

Second, building on its tradition of excellence in singing and other sacred music, Saint Meinrad will expand its current offering to create an institute for sacred music.

Center for youth and youth evangelism

The Center for the Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults will focus on excellence in the formation of youth and young adults.

Throughout its history, Saint Meinrad has focused much of his work on building the Church, first through his basic priesthood formation and later through developing programs for lay ministers and permanent deacons.

Since the early 1990s, Saint Meinrad has also focused on high school youth with its “One Bread, One Mug” program for liturgical leadership. Over the past 25 years, more than 7,000 youth and their adult leaders have benefited from the program.

In 2017, Saint Meinrad then implemented its Young Adult Initiative, funded by The Lilly Endowment, which works directly with parishes and researches the needs of young adults in the Catholic Church.

The centre’s new plans include:

  • A youth welfare office course with a residential component as well as online courses.
  • A program called At the Table that brings young people (ages 21 to 40) from congregations across the United States to Saint Meinrad to speak with bishops and priests about problems young adults face in today’s church .
  • A certificate program for further education through the St. Meinrad parish internship program for people in youth welfare. The program will also help dioceses support and retain pastors for youth and young adults.
  • The House Church Center, which provides resources to parishes and dioceses to strengthen the religious and spiritual practices of families within the house, especially among young people.
  • The Saint Meinrad Hispanic Youth Program, an opportunity for Spanish-speaking youth and youth ministers to develop resources for continuous faith development.

The center for youth and youth evangelism will be housed in the St. Anselmhalle.

Institute for Church Music

The Institute for Church Music will encompass many aspects of church music – research, theory, performance, and composition. Building on the reputation of Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB, and his expertise and productive compositions in English singing, as well as the workshops currently offered in this area, the institute’s programs will appeal to a wide audience.

The following are planned for the institute:

  • Offers courses and workshops on the history, theory and theology of church music.
  • Facilitate research among singing scholars.
  • Expanding the accessibility of the song by publishing a newsletter or blog, disseminating the work through social and other media, and creating an open access platform.
  • Develop relationships with local youth choir leaders, parishes, and youth and youth groups to promote the appreciation of liturgical music among younger audiences.
  • Offers sacred music study tours in the United States and abroad.
  • Develop resources for use by campus ministries and other groups to gather in parishes and homes for Vespers and Completion prayer services.
  • Promote singing and other sacred music through live performances and recordings to improve access to these experiences.

The Institute for Church Music will be located in the Archabbey Library.

Building renovations

The renovation work is scheduled to begin next May. For the Archabbey Library, the work includes updating the electrical systems and elevator controls. In addition, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems will be modernized and energy-efficient lighting will be installed. Work is underway on the roof to fix leaks and the outside is being repainted.

The campaign will fund these improvements to St. Anselm Hall: a new water pipe, an improved HVAC system, new electrical panels, energy efficient lighting, improved elevator controls and an improved fire extinguishing system.

To learn more about the campaign and to make a gift, visit

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