Bell Tower Capital Campaign draws to a close

Bell Tower Residence sponsored by the Holy Cross Sisters marked its 20th year in operation last month. September also signaled the end of a successful “Building a Dream, Sharing a Vision,” Bell Tower Residence Capital Campaign, with pledges exceeding the goal of $1.25 million by nearly $30,000. The $6.7 million building and renovation project was completed in 2006 enhancing the livability of the assisted living center in Merrill which once served as Holy Cross Convent. Residents now live in neighborhoods consisting of apartments clustered around central living and dining areas.

“The joy and comfort I have seen the residents experience in the new and renovated home, which donors helped provide for them, is satisfying,” said Chris Malm, Campaign Chairperson.

During a recent thank you open house, the Bell Tower Board of Directors unveiled the logo for “Friends of Bell Tower,” a program designed to continue support of this ministry. According to Sister Peggy Jackelen, Administrator, “Today’s economy threatens to impede the ministerial needs of Bell Tower Residence. We truly believe that this ministry is needed and will continue to grow in its importance to the Merrill area.”

The recent capital campaign, successful as it was, made it possible to move forward with the building and remodeling project, but it did not cover all future obligations.

Individuals and businesses will be invited to become a Friend of Bell Tower through an upcoming mailing, helping to keep this ministry moving forward into an ever changing future. In keeping with the Franciscan theme of caring for the earth, which the Holy Cross Sisters and associates embrace, various levels of giving will be honored by the planting of a tree on the Holy Cross Campus.

For more information on the Friends of Bell Tower contact the Holy Cross Sisters Office of Development 1400 O’ Day Street, Merrill, WI. 54452, or call (715) 539-1464. Visit

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