Summer Appeal

Making St. Bernard a Better Place

The Summer Appeal has helped St. Bernard make significant progress in the expansion and upkeep of the wonderful heritage that is part of the St. Bernard experience. Each summer a specific project is undertaken to improve the campus, expand facilities, increase technology, and enhance programs.

In 2020, we entered our Summer Appeal in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Bernard continued to feel the impact of this event in a tremendous way. Our Abbey Church was closed and our students were sent home to complete the 2019-20 school year via “distance learning”. Our 36th Annual Bloomin’ Festival was cancelled and our summer camp, Camp St. Bernard, was cancelled as well. All of this added up to major losses in our work, ministries, and revenue generated to sustain St. Bernard. It is in no small part that our donors’ generosity to the 2020 Summer Appeal helped St. Bernard remain open and continue its good work.

The Summer Appeal has helped St. Bernard pave roads, repair dorms, build computer labs, install control access systems, create green spaces, upgrade internet and wi-fi systems, and most recently restore the Quad at the heart of our campus. Now in its 24th year, the Summer Appeal continues a legacy of success in making St. Bernard a better place. With a goal of $250,000 and your support, the 24th Summer Appeal will support a spectrum of projects that are urgently needed to improve St. Bernard’s infrastructure and experiences for our monks, students, and guests.


2021 Project Support

Examples of projects to be supported by this year’s Summer Appeal include:

  • Restoration and resurfacing of campus parking lots
  • Flood mitigation through enlarged and expanded drainage pipe and channel systems
  • Enhancements to campus technology and safety
  • Purchase of a new bus for safer student transportation to events and athletic competitions, replacing a faulty bus with over 200,000 miles on it