Seminary to Hold Ribbon Cutting Following Renovation


WINONA--Immaculate Heart of May Catholic Seminary in Winona, MN, will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on September 29 at 2 p.m. to celebrate the completion of Kelly Hall’s renovation. Bishop John M. Quinn will be present to welcome back seminarians and faculty who have spent a year offsite during the construction.

Over four million dollars in donations for the project was raised through the Catholic Foundation of Southern Minnesota’s “Rooted in Faith” campaign, which brought awareness to the significant challenges of an aging building and outdated equipment.  

The renovation began in August of 2016 with cosmetic updates and remodeling projects that included asbestos removal; the installation of new windows, plumbing, and an HVAC heating and air conditioning unit; and electrical updates. Rooms throughout the building have been updated to enhance the process of priestly formation. The entire building has been fitted with improved technology capacities. New public restrooms have been added to serve visitors. A new choir loft has been added to the chapel. The kitchen has been completely renovated to increase functionality and efficiency.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Rector Fr. Bob Horihan invites the public to join the Catholic community in celebrating a new chapter for its local seminary.

“We are enormously grateful for and humbled by the generosity of all those who have contributed to this project,” he said. “This renovation was able to occur thanks to their care for the future of the Church and her future ministers. We are looking forward to the next chapter of our seminary as we form the next generation of priests with a renewed facility able to provide excellence in a formation program wholly centered on Christ.”

Facility tours and refreshments will be available to the public following the ribbon cutting ceremony.