The bells are silent at Saint Meinrad Archabbey. Their
distinctive chords no longer proclaim to monks, students and
visitors the passing of each quarter hour or call them
to prayer and Mass.
Repairs and maintenance are under way to restore the sound of
the bells. One bell - Bell 6 - was discovered in December to have a
crack in it. Further inspection revealed issues with Bells 2-5.
On February 8, Bell 6 was removed from the Archabbey Church
tower so it could be sent to the Netherlands for repair. Other work
is already under way to get Bells 2-5 ringing in time to announce
the joy of the resurrection this Easter.
The estimated cost to repair the bells is $100,000. In addition,
the mechanisms for the tower clocks are antiquated and need to be
upgraded - an estimate of $25,000. Saint Meinrad also will
set up a $50,000 endowment to cover annual maintenance and periodic
If you'd like to join us in getting the bells ringing again,
please make an
online gift. You can select "Bell Repairs" in the
section called "Use My Gift For."