As seen in the Winter/Spring 2018 Norbertine Center for Spirituality program guide
The Norbertines have a motto by which they have lived for almost 900 years: “Making all things new!” There is a motto by which Wisconsin residents have lived since the invention of the automobile: “There are two seasons—winter and road construction!” And there is a sign found in many buildings that are under construction: “Pardon our dust!”
What do these things have to do with the Norbertine Center for Spirituality (NCS)? If you have been in this sacred place recently, you might have noticed a few changes: the former entrance to the NCS no longer exists; the abbey pool and sundeck have been gutted; a chain-link fence cordons of f the area; a new sidewalk has been poured in order to maneuver around the construction area; and, the heavy machinery and construction workers are busy creating a beautiful new space for the NCS.
What will this new space look like?
- There will be a new entrance with a receptionist desk and gathering area.
- Two large rooms capable of hosting gatherings of 150 to 200 people will occupy the majority of the space.
- A kitchenette, coatroom, and handicap-accessible restrooms will round out the space.
- The installation of an elevator is the highlight of the project. Knowing that it has been a challenge for some people to climb the six steps to the Killeen Room or the numerous steps to a second-floor bedroom. The entire complex will be accessible to all. The ability to host groups who can move between these spaces now will be possible.
The construction will take more than a year, so much patience is necessary! The longer walk from the abbey church parking lot in order to attend programs and retreats at the center will be one sacrifice that we are all asked to make. However, the payoff will be a beautiful new space with the amenities necessary to grow the center, as well as the programs and retreats offered here.
So, until the construction process is completed, please “pardon our dust!” Know that the season of construction will take a while. Most of all, the project will help the Norbertine community in “making all things new”—including a new space for the NCS!
- Inside 1016: Radical Hospitality, Growing Numbers Drive Significant Renovation
By Katrina Marshall, Gina Sanders Larsen, and Judy Turba
Fall/Winter 2017 (pages 8-9)
- St. Norbert Abbey Announces Major Renovation
June 28, 2017