When you think of a haunting, a university dorm may not be the first place you think of, but SFX’s Gilmora Hall is reported to be haunted by two resident ghosts.
Mount Saint Bernard College was opened by the Sisters of Notre Dame in the late 19th century as a Catholic girls school before it became affiliated with St. Francis Xavier University a decade later, presided over by the Sisters of Notre Dame.
Legend has it that one of the sisters was in love with a priest, but she was so overcome with guilt over the affair that she jumped from a balcony to her death. Some even say that the priest went on to kill himself as well, due to the overwhelming guilt and grief he felt in both his lovers’ and unborn child’s death. An apparition of a priest, has often been seen lurking around the school's spiral stairway. They are now known as the Blue Nun and the Red Priest.
Every year, Freshmen report a ghostly figure in a glowing blue habit drifting through their dorm rooms, sounds of footsteps walking the halls at night, hearing disembodied voices in hallways, and stifled giggles in the hallways when no one was there.
Students have also reported lights and appliances turning on in the middle of the night, objects moving around on their own, including textbooks being strewn across dorm room floors, slamming doors, water faucets turn on, shadow figures, and even the sound of an old telephone ringing.
A recent resident of St. FX had a particularly haunting experience. In her room, in the wee hours of the morning, about to fall asleep, she heard a crash. Turning her head, she saw that a cup had fallen to the ground, its plastic lid and straw separated on the floor. Too afraid to pick it up, she left the distinct pieces there. The next day, she recounted this story to her friend.
Upon hearing, he remembered that he had borrowed a dish from her, and returned her cup – the same cup that she had seen fall in her room the night before and the same cup she had passed in order to visit this friend. A seemingly mundane, yet inexplicable event that can only be attributed to paranormal happenings.
Another student, whose books and papers regularly rearranged themselves, reported waking in the middle of the night to find a specter with red glowing eyes hovering over his bed. The figure pointed at him and then disappeared.
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