Saturday, during the 100th annual meeting of the Subiaco Alumni Association, Subiaco Abbey and Academy will kick off its capital campaign.

Advance donors to the campaign, including alumni and other friends, are invited to Subiaco Academy’s Performing Arts Center at 11:20 a.m. where they will join Abbot Jerome Kodell (Class of ’57), Campaign Chairman, Steve Schmitz (Class of ’91), and Honorary Chairman, John Beuerlein (Class of ’71), as they announce Continuing the Tradition…A Campaign for Subiaco. The event will be streamed live over the Internet at

For 100 years, the Subiaco Alumni Association, which currently has over 2,700 members, has been contributing to the Abbey and Academy through volunteering their time and talents, as well as financially.

Campaign Chairman Schmitz said, "I would not be the same person without Subiaco in my life, and I have heard this same comment from so many other people."

The monks of Subiaco, along with guidance and financial help from the National Religious Retirement Organization of Washington, D.C., determined that a capital campaign is the most effective way to address current needs and to ensure long term ministry sustainability. After a year and a half of planning and visiting some alumni and friends, Subiaco Abbey is ready to kick off an $8 million capital campaign entitled "Continuing the Tradition…A Campaign for Subiaco," the goal of which is to grow the monastic retirement and monk education funds, upgrade Coury House Retreat Center and to further develop outreach to the Academy’s students.

Alumni Association President, Dale Schumacher (Class of ’71) said, "Our 100th anniversary is a great time to kick off this campaign which will help us build the foundation for the next 100 years and beyond."

Founded in 1878, Subiaco Abbey is a Roman Catholic community of 40 Benedictine monks proclaiming the gospel through prayer and work, including the operation of Coury House Retreat Center, and Subiaco Academy, a boarding and day school for boys in grades seven to 12.