Members of the Bishop Luers High School Liturgical Choir opened the groundbreaking ceremony at Bishop Luers High School with the familiar opening hymn for all Mass and prayer activities, “God Is Here.” The familiar hymn resonated well with those gathered from the Bishop Luers community to celebrate the groundbreaking on Thursday, June 23 for the Chapel of St. Francis and new media center, due for completion and operation in October.
Father Andrew Budzinski, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Fort Wayne, and diocesan vocation director, offered the opening prayer and blessed the building site. He prayed for God to bring the construction to successful completion and for the safety of all who would work on the project.
The new chapel will seat 180 students and will allow Bishop Luers to expand the opportunities for students to practice their faith.
The new media center, which will be located behind the chapel, will become a multi-functional space for students to read and research. It will contain a classroom that can be used by teachers or be open to the larger media center for a large gathering space.
Secretary of Catholic Education Carl Loesch spoke on behalf of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. He was joined by Superintendent of Catholic Schools Marsha Jordan.
Loesch recalled the dream of Archbishop John F. Noll and Msgr. J. William Lester who had a vision 58 years ago for Bishop Luers High School to serve the families on the south side of Fort Wayne. “Think of all the faculty and staff that have graced the halls here, the souls of the children they have touched,” Loesch noted. “How many more generations of students will be blessed? How many prayers will be offered in this chapel? And what new ways will they embrace new evangelization in the new media center?”
Before the ceremonial tearing down of the groundbreaking plastic panel that covered the entrance to the construction zone, the Bishop Luers cheerleaders led the fight song. Joining in a ceremonial photo were Jordan, Kinder, Albertson, Leatherman, Father Budzinski, Jerry Henry, who is co-chair with his wife Becky of the Faith in Our Future Phase II campaign, Hoch and Loesch.