- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

SOUTH OGDEN, Utah (AP) - A South Ogden monastery that’s been vacant since a group of five nuns moved to Minnesota last summer could soon become a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.

The Standard-Examiner reports (http://bit.ly/1muHmxK ) Steps Recovery Center is purchasing St. Benedict’s Monastery and is awaiting local government approval to convert the 18-acre property to a residential treatment center.

Steps founder Mike Jorgensen says the spiritual nature of the campus was especially attractive for the rehab company, which uses the spirituality-based 12-Step treatment model.

The property’s zoning is scheduled for discussion at a South Ogden Planning Commission meeting on July 10.

Steps operates similar centers in Payson and St. George. Jorgensen says residents are admitted to the center voluntarily.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net