Estate donated to ACU to be converted to retreat facility
For Immediate Release
Feb. 23, 2000
A 26,000-square-foot home originally constructed in loving detail for a local businessman's now deceased wife will be converted to a conference and retreat center for Abilene Christian University, said ACU president Dr. Royce Money.
Sunday night, at the opening event of ACU's annual Bible Lectureship, Money mentioned plans for the Zoe Conference and Retreat Center.
"The word 'zoe' comes from a Greek term used often in the New Testament to signify spiritual life," Money said. "The donors want the facility to be used as a place for spiritual renewal."
While plans have been drawn, most of the major changes and additions will not occur until additional funding is secured, Money said.
The home was donated to ACU almost two years ago by an anonymous donor who had acquired the estate from a local business owner.
The home will be converted to a conference center that will accommodate groups as large as 200 people. The facility will include a large conference room plus multiple smaller rooms for breakout sessions of various sizes.
New construction on the grounds will eventually provide housing for about 150 people. The property includes about 2,500 large trees. Walking trails and other outdoor activity areas are planned.
The conference center will be available to ACU, the Abilene area community and Christian groups across the nation.
"Students will have access to the facility as well," Money said. "However, it will be reserved for special group events, rather than being considered an extension of the campus."
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