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St. Gregory's Completes Renovations to Iconic Building Damaged in Earthquake

Benedictine HallSt. Gregory's University in Shawnee, Okla., recently announced the completion of renovations to its iconic Benedictine Hall, which was damaged in an earthquake in 2011.

Benedictine Hall's four turrets, which were destroyed during the earthquake, are easily identifiable on campus and form the central part of St. Gregory's logo.  The turrets were reconstructed thanks to donations from thousands of university alumni and others.

During homecoming events on November 9, 2013, Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen, O.S.B. of St. Gregory's Abbey blessed the turrets in a special ceremony.

While renovations were still under way last September, the school placed a new golden crosier into the hands of a statue of St. Gregory the Great on Benedictine Hall.  The statue traditionally held the crosier of the abbots of St. Gregory's Abbey, but the historic crosier is now preserved inside the monastery.

St. Gregory's University is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

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