Crews demolish former convent in Columbus
A former convent in Columbus,Nebraska, is being torn down. Image by St. Bonaventure School/Facebook
COLUMBUS, Neb. (KMTV) - A former convent in Columbus,Nebraska, is being torn down.
The pastor at the St. Bonaventure Church says the building, built in 1952, has not housed any sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration since the last two left about seven years ago.
Since then, the building has been empty after short-term use as a thrift store for charity and a preschool, according to Fr. Tim Forgét.
A church fundraiser previously collected $24,000 for asbestos abatement. But the cost of tearing down the building, which had some structural problems, came in at around $58,000.
Forgét says he is grateful for the service of the sisters. He says the site could eventually become home to another building or expanded social hall as the church tries to incorporate more community activities.