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The building which was the first St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, as it appeared in 1945. In the mid-1880s, Abbot Alexius Edelbrock of St. John’s Abbey considered creating an independent foundation of Benedictine monks in Duluth. In 1887 three buildings were constructed in Duluth’s west end: a church, a parish house and a school and residence using bricks manufactured at St. John’s. Plans for the new foundation did not materialize, but Abbot Alexius convinced Mother Scholastica Kerst that the large building could be converted into a hospital. The Benedictine sisters did exactly this, opening the first St. Mary’s Hospital at 20th Ave. East and 3rd Street on February 29, 1888.

~ Photo Credit: St. Scholastica Monastery

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