Saint Joseph Church and School, South Bend, Ind., recently launched a $4 million campaign to refurbish the church, expand the school and construct a new parish life center.
Saint Joseph was founded by Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., in 1853 and remains a U.S. Province parish with Holy Cross priests serving the community.
The “quiet phase” of the “Living Our Faith, Building Our Future Campaign” began in September 2012 and has raised more than $3.3 million toward the $4 million goal.
The campaign aims to fund four priorities that support the mission of the parish:
- Modest renovation of the church interior;
An addition to the grade school that includes spacious athletic facilities and additional classroom space for music, pre-kindergarten and enhanced learning programs;
- Construction of a new parish life center at 711 Colfax Ave., South Bend, to enhance pastoral and outreach offerings, foster community life and fellowship, house administrative offices and provide space for a new preschool that will open in the fall; and
- Reconfigure parish grounds for expanded green space and play areas.
“Our forebears entrusted to us a magnificent heritage – one only made possible by their fidelity and sacrifice,” said Rev. John DeRiso, C.S.C., Pastor of Saint Joseph since 2004. “Now it is up to us to build upon that heritage for the people of today and for those who will come tomorrow.”
You can find out more information at the campaign’s website.