CentraCare to transition ownership of St. Benedict’s community in St. Cloud, Monticello and Sartell

The CentraCare – St. Benedict’s Community in St. Cloud, Monticello and Sartell is being sold to Ecumen, a nonprofit provider, developer and operator of living spaces and services for older adults.

Last fall, the CentraCare board approved the decision to sell the properties to another organization specializing in senior care, which would allow CentraCare to focus more on primary and specialty care.

Following a search for an organization that could continue supporting the needs of the community, and to provide the best future care options for residents, CentraCare chose to sell to Ecumen because of its outstanding reputation, and its commitment to the tradition of the St. Benedict’s Community, according to a press release made public July 13.

“As we sought a new owner to ensure a strong future for St. Benedict’s long-term care and senior housing, we looked for an organization that shared our values for delivering compassionate and exceptional care to seniors,” said Ken Holmen, MD, CentraCare president and CEO in the release. “Not only did we find that in Ecumen, but we also found a faith-based nonprofit that has a profound respect for St. Benedict’s Catholic identity and dedication to preserving and upholding its high standards and faith-based traditions.”

Ecumen — a nonprofit provider, developer and operator of living spaces and innovative services for older adults — owns 31 senior living communities throughout Minnesota and serves more than 27,000 people annually.

“This ownership transfer is expected to be completed by the fall and comes after a long process involving input by many stakeholders — including the bishop’s office and the prioress of St. Benedict’s Monastery — with the goal of providing the best possible care at the facilities into the future,” said diocesan chancellor Joe Towalski, in an email to diocesan staff.

Structures and processes have been developed to ensure that the St. Benedict’s Community campuses will continue to function as Catholic entities, he said.

“I feel very confident that Ecumen will provide the best possible service to residents in St. Cloud, Monticello and Sartell, and that they will work to ensure that our Catholic identity and Benedictine heritage are maintained,” said Sister Karen Rose, Prioress, Saint Benedict’s Monastery. “I am happy to have the opportunity to partner with a faith-based organization, which has such high standards of care.”

The facilities involved in the transition include:

St. Cloud:

CentraCare – St. Benedict’s Community

CentraCare – St. Benedict’s Care Center

CentraCare – St. Cloud Therapy Suites

CentraCare – St. Cloud Benedict Court

CentraCare – St. Cloud Benedict Village

CentraCare – Benet Place

CentraCare – Benedict Homes


CentraCare – Chateau Waters

CentraCare – Sartell Therapy Suites


CentraCare – Monticello St. Benedict’s Community

CentraCare – Monticello Benedict Village

CentraCare – Monticello Benedict Court

Author: The Central Minnesota Catholic

The Central Minnesota Catholic is the magazine for the Diocese of St. Cloud.

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