Loyola to buy its campus and athletic facilities on Good Counsel Hill

Tim Krohn, The Free Press, Mankato, Minn.
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Apr. 7—MANKATO — Loyola Catholic School is purchasing its campus and athletic fields on Good Counsel Hill from the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

Recently SSND leaders announced they are preparing to move their 144 mostly elderly nuns from the Good Counsel Hill and sell the sweeping and historic campus — a bedrock institution that has overlooked Mankato for more than a century — for redevelopment. Loyola campus sits on the property.

The purchase agreement is for nearly 55 acres of the 135-acre Good Counsel Hill property and includes the school, the attached education center, athletic fields and associated roads.

The purchase price was not disclosed. Loyola officials said they are talking to donors and will in the months ahead likely announce a public fundraising campaign.

Adam Bemmels, Loyola principal, and Brian Thomas, dean of advancement, said the agreement comes as Loyola has seen strong growth and is eyeing expansion.

"We're up about 7% in enrollment. Primarily pre-school, pre-K and kindergarten," Thomas said. "Expansion is going to be necessary. We're excited about that."

The school has recently added senior-level administrators and is in the midst of strategic planning.

The historic chapel at Good Counsel is not part of the purchase agreement; Bemmels said Loyola has its own chapel that it uses.