ST. LEO — A new Holy Name Monastery is beginning to emerge on State Road 52, and by the end of summer is expected to become the new home of 13 nuns and two live-in volunteers.
It will represent only the second move for the Benedictine Sisters of Florida in more than a century.
The new monastery, on a 10-acre tract across the road from the old one, will be smaller than the current monastery, a 60,000-square-foot building that was on a 37-acre lot.
The Benedictine Sisters sold that property to next-door neighbor Saint Leo University, and the proceeds are helping to build the new structure. In addition, a Special Gifts Campaign was launched in September to raise an additional $500,000. So far, $407,000 has been raised. To donate, contact Faith Pridemore at (352) 588-8443 or hnmdevelop firstname.lastname@example.org.
In creating a new monastery, the sisters said their goal was to build a smaller, simple and flexible-use, environmentally sensitive, one-story structure. The new building was designed by Roberta and Steve Klar of Klar and Klar Architects Inc. and is being built by Creative Contractors.