The St. Catharine "For God's Glory" Expansion Project is complete!
Over two years ago, Fr. Dury met with Ministry Leaders, School Administrators and Parishioners to explore solutions to address our severely limited meeting, classroom and preschool spaces, as well as our site and physical plant issues.
Those conversations have lead us to envision a project that will expand and improve our facilities at St. Catharine including the creation of:
• A new uplifting Eucharistic Adoration Chapel
• A new Parish Center with reception/meeting spaces and kitchen
• Additional classrooms for St. Catharine School
• A new Preschool in the renovated former convent building
Fly-Through Video of our expansion project.
Phase I - Preschool Renovation
Phase I is complete and our new Preschool building was dedicated on August, 26th, 2018!
The new home for the preschool, which has been at capacity and has operated with a waiting list for the past two years, is the parish’s former convent, a sturdy brick building dedicated in 1938 for the Sisters of the Holy Cross, who ran and provided the faculty for St. Catharine Elementary School until the mid-1970s.
Our preschool, which has awarded the Ohio Department of Education’s five-star Step Up to Quality program rating, features four classrooms, a kitchen, new heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, new fire-suppression systems, new restrooms on every floor, a large motor-skills room for exercise, offices and conference rooms for the staff, and an enclosed playground. Also included is a chapel, also known as an atrium, where students will be taught the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, which emphasizes age-appropriate experiential learning, simplicity, and order.
Phase II - Parish Center, Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, and School Classrooms
On March 17th, 2019 we officially broke ground on Phase II of our expansion project!
(from left to right): Bruce Boylan, Director of Facilities, Diocese of Columbus; John Mackessy, Campaign Steering Committee co-chair; Trish Schindler, Campaign Steering Committee co-chair; Monsignor David V. Sorohan, Campaign Steering Committee Honorary Chairman; Father Dan Dury, Pastor, St. Catharine of Siena Parish; Deacon Chris Reis, St. Catharine of Siena Parish; Bill Riat, Chairman, Project Development Committee; Scott Harper, Project Architect; Jim Negron, Senior Vice President, Corna-Kokosing Construction Co.; and Matt Palmer, Campaign Steering Committee co-chair. (Photo by Tim Magree)
Eucharistic Adoration Chapel
The Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, which marks the center of the St. Catharine campus, will be located under the atrium roof and have capacity for 25 worshippers. The Chapel, which will be located outside the north transept of the main church, will be adorned with natural stone and rustic wooden trusses.
Fixtures for the fully-equipped chapel include an altar, tabernacle with throne, sanctuary lamp, holy water receptacles, candles, ambo, two rows of four pews, and Stations of the Cross. Stained glass windows will be installed in the apse, and capping off the chapel will be the installation of eight well preserved 20th-Century stained glass windows of saints which were donated.
The Monsignor David Sorohan Center
The Monsignor David V. Sorohan Center will feature a 16,000-sq.-ft. banquet facility complete with a full-service kitchen with a capacity to serve up to 400 guests. A generous lobby and a spacious atrium will pay tribute to saints and doctors of the Church through stained-glass windows, murals, and statues.
A connecting structure linking the main church to the grade school will also include tributes to beloved saints. The school also benefits from this expansion with two new classrooms for music and foreign languages, and a conference room.
Commemorative Giving Opportunities
Parish Center Conference Room
St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe Painting ($15,000)
For additional information, contact our Parish Development Office at (614) 231-4509