We received a notice from the sisters announcing that they will be sending three sisters to work as teachers in our Lower School (K-6) and another sister to work in our Upper School (7-12) for a total of four sisters: It is really happening! Some people have recently expressed doubt that the Dominicans are coming at all (which I have naturally laughed at.) I don’t know what I’ll do with their 8 prie-dieus (complicated kneelers) being crafted in my wood shop if they don’t come. But don’t worry: Our sisters are coming this August 2018! (Update from the Headmaster, Dr. Kevin Ferdinandt)
Construction has begun on the convent to prepare for the arrival of the sisters! We recently surpassed the requirements mandated by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to begin our renovation projects. So far, contractors have been working on select demolition throughout the building and asbestos abatement.
Most of the convent renovations are required updates to bring the building up to code. The recent demolition has begun to address the need for legal egresses (safe exiting paths in case of emergency) in the basement, first floor, and second floor. The former locker/cloak rom on the first floor is being repurposed as the convent library and study room for our teaching sisters. We are grateful for the gifts and pledges we have received thus far that have allowed us to begin our convent renovations! (From Faith & Tradition Campaign Newsletter, Weekend of April 7-8)