Called Mary Fran by students, this hall was built in 1924 and is said to be haunted by school founder Mary Frances Clarke. Students have experienced unexplained footsteps in the hall and an uneasy feeling of being watched, and they have seen a shrouded apparition near the chapel. In other reports, the fourth floor, used for storage, is haunted, and there is a ghostly nun who once hanged herself who bleeds on the floor. Students also have reported an etching on the window that reads “Help Me.” It is said that the paranormal activity decreases proportionately as more students occupy the dorm.
Also, reports say Mary Benedict Hall, built in 1965, is the site of spiritual activity. It’s said to be haunted by ghosts of former students and the founding sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Students say books and tickets have been tossed from shelves, a shrouded figure appears in the hall on the 3rd floor (west wing) and water runs in the nearby bathroom in the middle of night. To boot, there have been unexplained footsteps in the tunnel connecting the Mary Benedict and Mary Josita halls.
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- Clarke Dr.
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- 42.51034395542177, -90.69122743605476
- Dubuque County, Iowa
- Nearest Towns:
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