Take a fascinating walk through the tunnels under a Michigan convent
Ask someone from Monroe, Michigan, south of Detroit, the city’s great convent, and they’ll tell you about HMI. Officially, it is the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, an institution that has a global reach with roots dating back to Monroe in 1845.
The Time Capsules of Monroe County Michigan Facebook group recently highlighted a video tour of the abandoned tunnels beneath the convent complex that was filmed in 2013.
The IHM campus is located across from the Raisin River and includes a motherhouse and vacant school, St. Mary Academy.
Comments on Facebook share when the tunnels were in use.
Of course, like many tunnels, the use was utilitarian and supported the infrastructure of the complex:
These tunnels were built to provide steam heat from the power station to the Academy, Motherhouse, and Hall of the Divine Child buildings. Steam lines, water lines and pumps were located there. I walked through most of it in the 60s.
This fascinating story says that there was a chapel in the tunnels:
St Mary’s Academy had a chapel in the tunnels, we went there and there were also chapels that went under Elm Street down to the river. Lots of tunnels in all directions. I was late for mass when I got lost. I had trouble with the nuns.
Other stories indicate that the tunnels lead to nearby buildings and possibly also to downtown Monroe.
Take a look under HMI in Monroe:
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