EDUCATION | ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA EDUCATION CENTER
Six years ago St. Catherine of Siena parish was little more than the Bishop’s blessing, a priest, $5,000 seed money and a small group of 25 people gathering to worship together in parish member’s basements.
Through vision, faithfulness and generosity, the first building was opened in 2011 to temporarily house the church and school. Two years later and with little debt remaining, focus turned to the need for a larger building to educate future generations. More prayer, more appeal, the generous giving of many and, in March 2013, Simpson Construction Services went back to work, building the permanent Parish Education Center to the north of the current building.
Phase II of construction – a 70,000-square-foot building which includes twelve classrooms, an art and science center, media room, library, choir room and cafeteria – was complete in time to start the 2014-2015 school year. In addition, 14,000-square-foot of the building will be shelled and ready to complete when space is needed and funds are secured.
The third phase of the master plan, to be completed at a later date, calls for building the permanent church and converting the building from phase I into space for receptions, meetings and large group events.