The College of St. Benedict and the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict have donated to the city of St. Joseph for many years. This year, they doubled their annual voluntary financial contribution that is given in recognition of the value placed on the relationship between the two.
Sue Palmer, vice president of finance and administration for the College of St. Benedict, told city council members Dec. 6 the college and the sisters review their contribution annually and decided to increase it from $15,000 to $30,000. During the last decade, CSB and the monastery have contributed $150,000 to the City of St. Joseph, as noted when Palmer read from a letter addressed to St. Joseph Mayor Rick Schultz. Only six other private colleges in Minnesota make annual voluntary contributions to local governments.