St. Benedict's Abbey is a Catholic, Benedictine monastery in Atchison, Kansas. Founded in 1857, the monks of St. Benedict's Abbey live according to the Rule of St. Benedict, praying and working for the glory of God and the good of the world. Education is the primary apostolate of the monks. They co-sponsor Benedictine College and Maur Hill-Mount Academy. The monks also serve the people of Northeast Kansas as Pastors, Chaplains, and much more.
The Abbey Security project is an initiative to provide for the health, safety, and wellbeing of the monastic community as well as our guests, staff, and those whom we serve.
Our current Abbey home was constructed on the bluffs of the Missouri River in 1929 – many of the doors in the monastery are original, historic, custom-crafted doors. While they still function, many of them are in need of updates and repairs. This critical update will enable the monks to be better stewards of our resources by reducing energy costs as well as providing greater security for our community and facilities. Additionally, the security project will enable us to install modern coded locks on many of our doors, allowing monks easier access to portions of their home. Finally, a fully funded project will allow us to install a remote lock system, enabling us to lock down our home in emergent situations and allow first responders access to the Abbey should the need arise.
Ancillary portions of the project include the addition of some security cameras and entry alarms on remote buildings.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $150,000 and includes the following:
Through the 2021 MonkRun, we have raised $28,700 of the $150,000 needed for the project. This #MonkMonday and #GivingTuesday fundraiser, we hope to secure an additional $30,000 toward our goal. To help us raise $30,000, during #MonkMonday and #GivingTuesday, all donations to the Abbey Security Project will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $15,000) by an anonymous donor!
Thank you for your support, may God bless you abundantly for your generosity!
If you have questions, please contact us.
1020 North Second Street, Atchison, Kansas 66002