Because of strong growth in reservations and program attendance, the board of St. Mary’s Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development recognized the need to expand our physical buildings and spiritual offerings. In 2010, the board  launched a multi-year capital campaign to secure funds to build facilities that will improve the guest experience and allow St. Mary’s Sewanee to further its mission.

The first segment of the campaign was completed in 2013 with the opening of Anna House, which  provides comfortable, attractive meeting and lodging spaces and remarkable views of Hawkins Cove. The layout of rooms and meeting spaces allows the Center to host several groups at the same time, with quiet areas for contemplative practice and gathering places for those engaged in more interactive programs.

The board of trustees has identified the next phase of the campaign:  The Hospitality Commons

The Hospitality Commons will provide greatly expanded capacity for St. Mary’s Sewanee to offer hospitality to its guests. There will be two new meeting rooms, a large dining room, a well-equipped kitchen, a reception foyer, a reading room, conversation alcoves, and modern laundry facilities. Gifts and pledges have already been offered to name the James Avery Dining Room and the Parsley and Keating meeting rooms. To take advantage of the natural beauty of the campus, the lodge will have wide wrap-around porches so guests can enjoy the outdoors.

The board of trustees recognizes the challenge of a campaign of this size. It also appreciates the opportunity for expanded and enhanced ministry that the new space will bring. Members of the board invite you to join them and the many other generous donors who share the vision for St. Mary’s Sewanee in transforming this vision into reality.

To receive more information about the expanded campus or discuss ways you can contribute to the campaign, please contact John Runkle at or (800) 728-1659.