It was the cause for a school-wide celebration – and humorous commemorative mini-movie that was shared online – that the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Community got the go-ahead from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to proceed with construction of its two-story, 36,000 square foot education building.
The Faith In Action campaign, a $9 million capital campaign to expand the St. Rose facilities, began with a silent phase in the spring of 2017 and was launched publically in January 2018.
According to Director of Advancement Emily Garcia, St. Rose has raised $3,388,369 in pledges and cash gifts to the campaign with a total of 744 families that have participated thus far, representing the largest number of participants for any single St. Rose fundraising effort.
“Our fundraising goal remains $4.5 million, so we will continue to encourage support from our parishioners and school and ECC parents as we break ground and begin construction,” Garcia said.
Garcia said St. Rose of Lima was prepared to move forward with construction on an earlier timeline, but due to Hurricane Harvey, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston delayed its approval in order to focus on those parishes and schools devastated by the storm.
“St. Rose of Lima has continued to keep the lines of communication open with the Archdiocese, updating them on our fundraising progress, and at a recent meeting, we were blessed with approval to move forward with construction,” Garcia said.
The new building, which represents the next phase of the campaign, will be centered on the school’s existing field space. However, the plans also allow for newly designed green space. Ziegler Cooper Architects is responsible for the design.
The new education building will replace existing education buildings, built in the 1940s.
School officials said that the education building should take about 18 months, nearing completion in 2021.
“As all of our programs continue to grow, this new building will permit for a completely renovated middle school, including a middle school library, which will allow us to serve more junior high students in a wonderful, modern and safe environment,” staff member Jennifer Saladino said.