“Benedictine sisters began their work in the area that is now the Crookston diocese in 1899, when Mother Scholastica Kerst of
In 1901 the Diocese of Crookston was created from dividing the Diocese of Duluth. The Benedictine sisters from
started and staffed many schools and two hospitals. In 1919 Bishop Timothy Corbett asked the Mother Eustacia Beyenka to come to Crookston with sister companions to establish a new priory. “ Duluth St. Vincent’s Hospital served as the community convent for two years.”
Of interest is that Lindbergh’s father was taken to Crookston to receive care at the Villa St. Vincent.
The addition to
St. Vincent’s Hospital was built in the 20’s or 30’s under the direction of Bishop Corbett. The new wing was exactly matched to the brick of the hospital. See picture with the porch above.
In 1950 the new
St. Francis Hospital replaced St. Vincent’s Hospital for acute care, and St. Vincent’s became a home for the elderly under the direction of Bishop Schenk.
When St. Francis converted to a board-and-care home in 1973, a new east wing was added to St. Francis for long-term care patients. In 1978 the patients were moved here from
St. Vincent’s and the whole complex was named Villa St. Vincent.