The Norman Transcript


November 9, 2013

St. Gregory’s historical building gets a restoration


SHAWNEE, Okla. —

The stairway steps leading to Benedictine Hall are also being replaced, and aluminum siding on the windows will be changed to wood.

“I think it’s wonderful we were able to make this happen in two years. A lot of work has gone in by a lot of people to make this happen and it’s really great to see those four turrets back in place as the icon they are to Shawnee,” Lingerfelt said. “(The turrets) have been a beacon to a lot of people and mean a lot to a lot of people.”

More than 200 magnitude 3.0 earthquakes have hit central Oklahoma since January 2009, according to a report recently released by the U.S. and Oklahoma geological surveys, and scientists continue to investigate why the rate has changed so dramatically in recent years. One possible explanation links the increased rate to wastewater disposal related to oil and gas production in the area.

Whatever the reason, Stasyszen thinks earthquakes are here to stay in Oklahoma.

“I suppose earthquakes are part of our life here now,” Stasyszen said as he sat in St. Gregory’s Abbey exactly two years to the day after the 5.6-magnitude quake hit and one day after he felt the ground shake from a 3.9-magnitude earthquake centered at Jones. “Any of these natural disasters, we can do our best to prepare for them, but we also can’t live in anxiety of natural disasters and when they inevitably happen, we focus on our mission and the good of our people and move on and trust that with the right spirit and attitude we can overcome any adversity.”


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