Sacred Spaces

We are surrounded by noise—not just audible noise, but visual and technological distractions. Most of us could not imagine life without cell phones, laptops, and big screen TVs. But only silence provides the necessary environment to hear that “still, small voice” (I Kings 19:12) of the Lord who gently invites the soul to “come, follow me” (Matthew 4:19).

The seminary building’s concept addresses the need for contemplative silence by providing partially cloistered, inward-directed spaces, places for peaceful gatherings, and areas for quiet study. It also provides the classrooms and common areas necessary for fostering theological and philosophical thinking. It will be a sacred space that evokes the presence of God in its buildings and in the details in and around the seminary itself.
The first phase of construction includes 40 seminarian rooms, a refectory and kitchen, a conference room, classrooms, administrative offices, faculty rooms, guest rooms, a cloister walk, and a temporary chapel.
Site Plan
Site Plan
Site Plan
Main Level Floor Plan
Site Plan
Second Level Floor Plan
Anticipating future growth in the number of seminarians, Phase II will include additional seminarian rooms and a larger, permanent chapel. When complete, the seminary will be split into three different zones with the chapel and residential wings acting as ‘bookends’ to the academic and administration building. A capital campaign is currently underway to fund the construction of this project.
Land Acquisition $1,392,840
Site Development $3,473,195
Professional Fees (architectural and survey fees) $1,712,000
Construction $9,637,146
Equipment, Fixtures, and Furnishings $720,288
Contingency/Financing/Other $2,293,531
Campaign Costs $771,000
"Do you wish to be great? Then begin from what is slightest. Do you plan to construct a high and mighty building? Then think first about the foundation of humility. When people plan to erect a lofty and large building, they make the foundations all the deeper. But those who lay the foundation are forced to descend into the depths."
St. Augustine of Hippo (excerpt from Sermon 69, 2)