Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gazebo created from cistern artifact

The large green dome that once was the top covering the water purification system and hidden by large bushes outside the Dining Hall at St. Bernard now serves as the roof of a newly constructed gazebo that occupies the same space.

The gazebo is a gift given to St. Bernard in memory Oscar A. and Mildred S. Meagher and the deceased of the Meagher-Sommers families by the generosity of their children.

Abbot Cletus Meagher, OSB is pleased to see the new gazebo created from an artifact of the old cistern. “It’s pleasing to see something old given a new purpose, and this is a nice way to preserve a relic for the community and for succeeding generations of Bernardians to enjoy,” Abbot Cletus said.

After consulting with architect Jock Leonard and a structural engineer, Abbot Cletus gave the nod for construction to begin. In the Spring of 2011, the roof was lifted and the old cistern was filled with dirt. The personnel of the physical plant at St. Bernard, under the direction of the David Caples, Physical Plant Manager, began work immediately and they are primarily responsible for the construction of the project.

Apel Machine generously provided a boom to begin the work by removing the top of the cistern and replacing it as the top of the gazebo. Others assisting in the construction project were John Arndt Welding, Richard Electric, Kreps Concrete Finishers, and O.F. Richter and Sons, all of Cullman.

With a grateful heart Abbot Cletus said, “I wish to thank my family for their generosity and support of me and the many projects at St. Bernard. This project is a tribute of reverence and respect for the memory of our parents and their generation –who so generously nurtured in us the gift of our Catholic Faith.”

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