OSV: Former seminaries find new life, uses creative mixed use of former seminary building helps maintain heart of Madison diocese
As Todd Burud made regular visits to the former Holy Name Seminary in Madison, Wisconsin, during the past few years to serve at Mass or to visit diocesan ministries headquartered there, he watched the progress of a renovation project at the massive 53-year-old building.continue at Our Sunday Visitor
He showed his wife, Kathy, the high-end apartments taking the place of dorm rooms that hadn’t housed seminarians in more than 20 years. When the couple, both 63, decided to downsize into one of those apartments, they were excited to move down the hall from a chapel containing the Blessed Sacrament and to be a short walk from offices that make up the heart of the diocese.
The Buruds’ apartment is part of a $21-million project in which the Diocese of Madison and its partners have turned underutilized space in the 240,000 square-foot former high school seminary into 53 one- and two-bedroom rental apartments whose occupants bring new vitality and financial stability to the building, said Msgr. James Bartylla, vicar general of the diocese. Their neighbors include Madison Bishop Robert C. Morlino, as well as Catholics, non-Catholics, empty nesters and young professional families.