St. Michael Hall Named at Benedictine College

8th New Residence Hall in 10 Years

  • Thursday, April 12, 2012

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After going over all the student suggestions, Benedictine College has decided that the new men’s residence hall, currently under construction on Second Street just past Cray Searberg Hall, will be known as St. Michael Hall. 


The college broke ground on the new dorm on All Saints’ Day, when Archbishop Joseph Naumann blessed the site of the new dorm.


One month later, on Dec. 1, Benedictine College officials held the traditional medal ceremony at the new men's residence hall under construction.  The ceremony goes back generations and it is thought that every building on the college's campus has a Medal of St. Benedict embedded in its foundation. 


The name, which honors St. Michael the Archangel, harkens back to a previous building on campus, which also carried the name St. Michael Hall.  The name also fits with student traditions like praying the St. Michael Prayer after Mass.


Here are some student comments:


“I really like St. Michael Hall.  I think we need another strong saint name on campus.”


“St. Michael the archangel would be a great name for a man's hall…considering St. Joseph is already taken!”


“Saint Michael the Archangel is the Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, and because we have been called to pray the Memorare and the Saint Michael prayer after every Mass, I thought it would be highly appropriate to honor Saint Michael by naming the new residence hall after him, and to ask him to watch over our young men who will be living in that new residence hall. I think to call it Saint Michael Hall would reflect highly on our college, and be a tremendous blessing to the men living in that dorm.”


St. Michael Hall will be three stories, approximately 40,000 square feet and will house 152 sophomore and junior men. It is scheduled for completion in time for use in the fall of 2012.


The new facility will be the 8th new residence hall opened on the Atchison campus since the long-abandoned Freshman Hall was renovated into Ferrell Hall in 2000. The college also recently opened a new 58,000 square foot Academic Center in the center of campus, overlooking the Missouri River. That facility will house the School of Business and the departments of Theology, Philosophy, and Sociology and Criminology.


Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.