Leo C. Byrne Residence Fund

Stewarded by the Catholic Community Foundation on behalf of the Leo C. Byrne Residence Trust

Constructed in 1995, the Leo C. Byrne Residence is located on South Mississippi River Boulevard near the University of Saint Thomas and adjacent to the Saint Paul Seminary and School of Divinity. It offers 29 individual apartments for priests who have reached retirement age, many of whom continue to actively serve parishes and organizations around the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis.

As a result of the building’s age, original design issues, and years of limited investment, the facility is in need of extensive renovation and upgrades. The total cost of recommended work is $6.5M. With this in mind, the fundraising target is $11M to allow for a dedicated ongoing maintenance fund.

The Leo C. Byrne Residence Trust

The Leo C. Byrne Residence Trust was created to ensure donated funds are used exclusively for the purposes of renovating and maintaining the Residence.

The charitable trust is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization whose purpose is to own, maintain, and operate the Leo C. Byrne Residence for retired priests of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The Trust is an irrevocable public charity.

The Trust has partnered with CCF to steward the fund. CCF invests the fund in alignment with our Catholic faith and grants money to the Trust to be used for renovations and ongoing maintenance expenses.

Renovation Plan

Work is needed on many aspects of the interior and exterior of the Byrne Residence for the purposes of comfort and accessibility, energy efficiency, ease of maintenance and quality of life.

Renovation plan highlights:

  • Chapel renovation
  • Roof replacement
  • Safety and security enhancements
  • Apartment updates
  • Technology upgrades
  • HVAC/mechanical upgrades
  • Energy efficiency updates
  • Kitchen, dining hall, community room, and laundry facility updates
  • Exterior stucco, window, and bay window repair or replacement
  • Balcony repair

To learn more about the Leo C. Byrne Residence Trust and renovation plans for the Residence, click here.

Ways to Give


Write a check or give online with a credit card or ACH transfer. Write “Leo C. Byrne Residence Fund” on the memo line of the check, or type it into the fund space on our giving website.

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Gift the required minimum distributions from your IRA account.

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Through the Trust’s partnership with CCF, you can donate many other types of assets, too, like real estate or personal items.

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With Support From


“We all owe a debt of gratitude to the retired priests of this Archdiocese for their incredibly generous service, both in the past and the present. With that in mind, I am asking for your support for a project that would express that appreciation.”

Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda
Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis