Fish pond outside of the Main building, from left to right the pictures are from the 1970's, 1990, and 2007.
The St. Ben's fish pond, occasionally referred to in old publications as the "Lily Pond," lies between Teresa Hall and the parish/monastery cemeteries and Grotto. The fish pond was constructed in 1926. In February of 1989, plans were made to renovate Teresa Hall and the surrounding fish pond area. The renovations were completed in 1990.
Originally, there was a stone bridge that connected to the stonework in the middle of the pond, in the center of which was a single-spigot fountain. For many years it was a tradition for students to have photos taken on this bridge. The outermost stones of the bridge were removed some time after 1969, and in the early 1990's the bridge was removed entirely, thus ending the tradition of taking photographs from the middle of the pond.
There are Koi fish who call the pond home in the warm seasons. Every winter they are removed from the pond and brought indoors. A tradition began in 2002 of welcoming the fish back to the pond (2002 p.8 and 2016 video). Usually held during Earth Week, the event involves local school children and includes a procession to the pond, songs, and prayers.
Community, May 2002, p. 8
Junior Class, Facula 1955, p. 15
Facula 1959, p. 108
Thanks to Diana Elhard, CSB '16, for drafting this text.