At the Monastery

Monastery Immaculate Conception was founded in 1867 by four young women who came to Ferdinand, Indiana, from Covington, Kentucky.  Originally, the group lived in a small, three-room cottage near the parish church.  Within the year, the community had outgrown the small cottage.  Two rooms and a chapel were added and subsequently occupied on September 1, 1868.  A larger brick building was built and then dedicated to the Immaculate Conception on July 11, 1870.

The community continued to grow, and the land on which the monastery now stands was purchased.  Construction of the quadrangle began in 1883 and was completed in 1886.  Since that time, several structures have been added to the monastery complex, including the iconic domed church.