Bishop O’Connor Center

Celebrating continuity and new beginnings with redevelopment project

Celebrating continuity and new beginnings with redevelopment project, Madison Catholic Herald, May 1, 2015

Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff

Friday, May. 01, 2015 — 3:28 PM

It’s time to celebrate both continuity and new beginnings, said Bishop Robert C. Morlino as he presided at a Mass and groundbreaking ceremonies for the redevelopment of the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center (BOC) on May 1.

After Holy Name Seminary closed in 1995, the building was renovated as a diocesan center and renamed the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center in 1998. The redevelopment of the BOC will maintain diocesan offices, the center’s chapel, and other historic features while adding a vibrant new residential community. Gorman & Company has been engaged by the Diocese of Madison to serve as the developer of the $21 million project and will provide architectural and design services for the redevelopment.

Appropriately, the Mass and groundbreaking ceremonies were held on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. “We’re doing quite a bit of work here,” said Bishop Morlino, who noted that construction work at the BOC began about a month ago. “We’re doing quite well in the hopes that we will see the fruits of this work in due time.”

Caring about vocations

Following the Mass, Bishop Morlino unveiled and blessed a recently uncovered diocesan coat of arms on the lobby floor, which dates back to when the building was Holy Name Seminary.  Bishop  Morlino observed that Holy Name Seminary was a sign that the priests and people of the diocese cared about vocations. Unveiling the diocesan crest, he said, “will be a reminder of the wonderful history of the diocese and all the good work of Holy Name Seminary.”

The bishop acknowledged that while times change, “We care every bit as much for vocations today. Through many prayers, we have 33 seminarians and we’re doing well in our fund-raising efforts to support them.”

New Life for a Madison Icon: A Celebratory Mass with Bishop Robert C. Morlino marks the groundbreaking ceremonies for the redevelopment of the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center

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New Life for a Madison Icon:

A Celebratory Mass with Bishop Robert C. Morlino marks groundbreaking ceremonies for the redevelopment of the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center

Historic renovation preserves on site chapel, maintains Diocesan offices and adds a vibrant new residential community

Madison, WI—May 1, 2015—Bishop Robert C. Morlino celebrated Mass for the feast of St. Joseph the Worker today, marking groundbreaking ceremonies for the redevelopment of the Bishop O’Connor Pastoral Center (BOC). Following the mass, Bishop Morlino, flanked by numerous priests of the diocese, unveiled and blessed a recently uncovered diocesan coat of arms, that embellishes the lobby floor of the BOC and dates from its days as Holy Name Seminary.

The former Holy Name Seminary, a neo-Colonial landmark that welcomed its first students in 1964, has served as the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center since the seminary was closed in 1995. The redevelopment plan for the BOC – which preserves its architectural and sacred legacy and ensures strategic stewardship for the 72.6 acre property – was grounded in years of due diligence and study on the part of diocesan councils, consultors, and leadership to determine the best possible outcome for the future of the aging and underutilized former seminary.

Gorman & Company has been engaged by the diocese to serve as the developer of the $21 million project and will provide architectural and design services for the redevelopment. Upon completion of the apartment component of the project in 2016, Gorman & Company will also manage the property. First Business Bank of Madison, WI is providing the financing for the milestone redevelopment.

In anticipation of today’s event, Bishop Morlino expressed his gratitude to all those who are making this project possible, saying “It is a win-win scenario, where the diocese not only retains this historic building, keeping our presence in this most visible sign of the diocese in the community, and preserving the legacy of Holy Name Seminary, but also where new life is breathed onto the campus, which has served the local Church so well. We are so grateful for the excellent cooperation of Gary Gorman and his expert and visionary team.”

To preserve its architectural integrity, the iconic landmark, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will be renovated as a “certified historic rehabilitation” in compliance with historic preservation guidelines prescribed by the National Park Service. Whenever possible, the BOC’s significant historic and architectural elements will be preserved, refurbished and sensitively integrated into the renovation design.

Key components of the BOC renovation will be incorporating 53 new apartment homes, updating office space for the diocese, Catholic Charities, and affiliated Catholic organizations, including the Catholic Herald and Catholic Radio, and upgrading office and kitchen facilities for Blue Plate Catering. The project will also allow Catholic Charities of Madison to bring more of their agents under one roof.

The on-site Cletus O’Donnell Holy Name Chapel will be maintained and preserved and will continue to offer daily Mass and Eucharistic Adoration during and after the BOC renovation. The chapel interior   is noted for its 360-piece mosaic, assembled in Germany, that rises three-stories behind the altar, and for its dramatic stained glass windows that were crafted in a palette of blues and pastels by the renowned Conrad Schmitt Studios.

The new residential community at the BOC, to be known as Holy Name Heights, will be comprised of 53 one and two-bedroom apartment homes that will combine contemporary living with a historic setting for a special sense of place. Units will be appointed with granite kitchen countertops and islands, stainless steel appliances, luxe plank flooring throughout, efficient cooling and heating systems, and a high speed Wi-Fi network. A guest suite will be available to rent by residents for visiting family and friends. Each unit will have an enclosed, heated parking stall and availability for bike storage as well.

Residents will have access to a host of amenities that are unique to the architectural landmark, including two interior courtyards with cloistered, arched walkways and a full size gymnasium-prime for pick-up basketball games. A wine lounge with a fireplace, stylish seating and a covered balcony offering panoramic views of the city and the Capitol, a theater room, a dance movement studio and fitness center are planned as well. The richly landscaped grounds of the BOC also feature 2.5 miles of walking trails for leisurely strolls or quick sprints.

To recognize and celebrate the BOC’s historic and cultural significance, Gorman & Company will create a dedicated space for a “History Lounge” on the lower level of the building below the chapel. In partnership with the diocese, Gorman & Company will curate a display of memorabilia and photographs chronicling the history of Holy Name Seminary. On site office tenants, residents, and visitors will have a chance to view the collection and learn about the BOC’s spiritual legacy in a warm and inviting setting.

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Bishop Morlino announces ‘news of great joy’: Diocesan offices to stay at Bishop O’Connor Center along with housing community

Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald, Friday, Jun. 06, 2014

MADISON — Bishop Robert C. Morlino announced “news of great joy” at a diocesan staff meeting on June 6: the Diocese of Madison would have its diocesan offices stay at the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center (BOC) along with a housing community being developed there.

Bishop Morlino expressed his gratitude to Gorman & Company for their “very, very hard work” in putting together a plan for the BOC. “I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am,” said Bishop Morlino.
Msgr. Mike Burke, pastor of St. Maria Goretti Parish in Madison and a member of the Diocesan Finance Council, said about the decision, “Wow! This is wonderful news. I think the reaction to this plan will be overwhelmingly positive.”

‘Sacred space’

Monsignor Burke lived at Holy Name Seminary, the former BOC, for 19 years. He served as the seminary rector for 13 years. He considers the building “sacred space,” pointing out that the chapel is the central point of the building. “People were hoping and praying that the chapel could be saved,” he said.

“I couldn’t be more happy for the seminary alumni, parents, faculty, benefactors, and many priests who served here that we are able to keep the building, chapel, and grounds intact. There are so many people who identify with this building, Catholics and non-Catholics,” he said.

The spire of the center dominates the west side of Madison, and the regular ringing of the bells can be heard from miles away.

Monsignor Burke said he “can’t thank Gary Gorman enough” for everything he did to save the building. “It’s a great day for our diocese” as we approach the feast of Pentecost on June 8, he said.

Redevelopment of BOC

Last year, the Diocese of Madison announced its entrance into an agreement with Gorman & Company to study the redevelopment of the BOC in order to make better use of the property, provide for capital improvements, and continue to provide for the important ministries of the diocese.

For the past nine months, Gorman & Company has continued to explore various renovation plans and funding options. After numerous analyses and configuration options, a refined redevelopment plan has been proposed for the BOC to fit more closely the needs of the diocese and Gorman & Company.

To both parties’ satisfaction, an updated mixed-use development plan is envisioned for the property, comprised of approximately 54 multi-family residential apartment units, continuation of the current diocesan offices and chapel on site, including Catholic Charities and other affiliated organizations, as well as maintenance of the beautiful grounds that make this a hallmark property on the west side of Madison.

This allows the Diocese of Madison to maintain its presence in the single most visible and recognizable Catholic structure in the 11-county diocese, while enhancing the economic capability of the property by seeking long-term coverage for total expenses. This is accomplished by offering a unique housing community with numerous amenities, at a beloved and historic location on the west side of the city with a picturesque view of Madison. The Diocese of Madison will retain ownership of the property.

Commending Gorman & Company’s refined plan, all their diligent work, and what it affords the diocese, Bishop Morlino said,“From the beginning, this project has been about establishing a firm footing for the future of our diocesan Church. We knew this would require sacrifices, and we were prepared to find a new temporary home for our offices.

“Through the continued work and creativity of excellent and expert lay leaders, we now have a way to maintain our offices in the redeveloped building and maintain a very visible link in continuity with our past. I am more grateful than ever for the assistance of Gary Gorman and his staff in working for a solution that has surpassed even our previous expectations.”

‘Win-win’ plan

Both parties view the plan as a “win-win.” Previously reported expected operating expense savings for the diocese are still anticipated under the refined plan. For Gorman & Company, the cost of the redevelopment, management, and lease of the space makes better sense, while better preserving the already established identity of the building.

Likewise, the residential redevelopment, especially with its proximity to All Saints Neighborhood, a Catholic Charities of Madison senior housing community, will provide a convenient range of options in the immediate area for future residents looking for a distinctive, attractive, and friendly living environment.

Msgr. James Bartylla, vicar general, told diocesan staff about the proposed plan for the building, which is in the “concept stage” at this time. It is expected to include 25 one-bedroom and 29 two-bedroom apartments. The target market would be “empty nesters” — people in their 50s and 60s — but would not be exclusive to this age group.
The chapel will be part of the diocesan space and would continue to be used for Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. The gym and pool are expected to be used, as well as the grounds.

All diocesan offices and other related entities would remain, although there may be some “sacrifice” needed in the use of the office space. “We still have to look at the most efficient use of our space,” said Monsignor Bartylla.

The BOC will no longer have its conference identity, said Monsignor Bartylla. “That will no longer be available.”
Construction of the apartments is expected to begin in late 2014 and take about a year.

“In God’s divine providence, this is a blessing for staff, future residents, and the many who come to the BOC daily to pray,” said a statement from the diocese.

Madison Catholic Diocese significantly alters plan to convert headquarters into housing

June 08, 2014 5:30 am  •  By Doug Erickson | Wisconsin State Journal

Officials with the Madison Catholic Diocese are moving forward with plans to redevelop the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, their historic headquarters, though the plan has changed significantly from the one announced last fall.

The new concept calls for a mixed-use development, not solely rental housing. The diocese will keep all of its offices at the site — not vacate the premises as originally planned — co-existing with 54 apartments.

In another big change, diocesan officials said they now assume the building will remain tax-exempt. Last fall, they said the redeveloped building would pay property taxes.

The site is on Madison’s Far West Side at 702 S. High Point Road.

The apartments and other housing amenities are now expected to take up about two-thirds of the building instead of the whole thing. The housing will be marketed more pointedly to empty-nesters and those 50 and older, including those looking for housing with religious amenities.

The old plan would have stripped the building of its religious uses — the chapel was to have become a lounge, for instance. Now the chapel will remain and continue to host diocesan functions such as the weekday noon Mass.

As with the previous proposal, Gorman & Company Inc., a real estate development company with deep connections to the diocese, will execute the plan under a long-term lease agreement with the diocese, said Monsignor James Bartylla, the diocese’s second in command. The company will secure financing, design the housing, oversee construction and manage the property, he said.

Ted Matkom, who oversees Gorman’s Wisconsin projects, said he anticipates construction starting in November, with a total project cost of about $16 million. Occupancy likely will begin in late 2015, he said.

Matkom said the changes in the proposal came about after his company got more into the details of the process.

Initially, the plan called for about 90 apartments. But some areas of the building did not lend themselves to an easy conversion into living space, upping construction costs. “The inefficiencies would have put the rents at the very top of the Madison market,” he said.

Also, the company kept butting up against a desire — their own and that of others — to retain what makes the building so treasured to so many: its Catholic identity. “We decided, why not capitalize on the iconic history of the building while also helping the diocese by allowing it to stay here?” Matkom said.

There’s a financial benefit to the project by taking that approach, he said. Even though the diocese will remain the owner of the property, it will pay office rent to a new limited-liability company that will be formed to redevelop the building, thus anchoring the project’s economic stability, he said. The diocese will be a partner in the new company.

“To complete the loop, the great part is that the diocese’s rent will be reimbursed from the cash flow generated by the apartments,” Matkom said.

The financial arrangement is complicated, Bartylla said, but another way to look at it is that the diocese will be leasing the property to Gorman while also being a tenant of the project and benefiting from the income it generates.

As for the property remaining tax-exempt, Matkom said his company assumes the project will qualify under existing state statutes covering “affordable benevolent apartments.” The apartments will rent for market rates.

In addition to Bishop Robert Morlino and his staff remaining at the O’Connor Center, all affiliated Catholic organizations currently there also will stay put, including Catholic Charities, the Catholic Herald newspaper and Relevant Radio, a Catholic station.

Those and other diocesan uses take up only about 36 percent of the 232,000-square-foot building. Increasing the diocese’s cash flow by finding a way to use underutilized areas was the initial impetus for the redevelopment project.

As with the previous proposal, outside organizations that use the site as a conference center and meeting space still will need to find another home, Bartylla said.

Diocesan staff members were told Friday morning they will be staying at the O’Connor Center. “There were a lot of happy faces at that meeting,” said Brent King, diocesan spokesman.

The O’Connor Center was first known as Holy Name Seminary, opening to students in 1964. The seminary closed in 1995.

On Friday, Monsignor Mike Burke, pastor of St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Madison and the last rector to serve the seminary, said he was thrilled that religious functions would remain at the center.

“This has always been sacred space — there’s a sense of peace people get when they walk in these doors,” he said of the center. “Preserving the tradition of this building is going to create tremendous positive energy in the diocese.”

Former seminary could be transformed into housing community

By Brent King, Communications Director, Diocese of Madison, for the Catholic Herald, September 26, 2013

MADISON — A Madison icon, the former Holy Name Seminary, a neo-colonial revival landmark that welcomed its first students in 1964 and has served as the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center (BOC) since the seminary was closed in 1995, may be transformed into a multi-family housing community, officials at the Diocese of Madison announced September 25.

The diocese signed a letter of intent with Gorman & Company to enter exclusive negotiations for a development contract and 60-year lease agreement to renovate the building as a “certified historic rehabilitation” in compliance with historic preservation guidelines prescribed by the National Park Service.

According to the letter of intent, the Diocese of Madison would retain ownership of the BOC land to be leased, as well as determination over the future use of the approximately 72-acre Bishop O’Connor Center.

The landmark building that would be redeveloped by Gorman would revert to diocesan control at the end of the 60-year lease period. In the interim, the diocese would relocate its administrative offices, and those of Catholic Charities and its family of other tenants, on a mutually convenient date before construction starts.

The diocese retains the right to approve the final redevelopment plan — which calls for residential use — before a binding lease is executed.

Gorman & Company has agreed that the O’Donnell Chapel, located at the center of the building, would be sensitively preserved in a manner consented to by the diocese. Both parties would also jointly approve an appropriate name for the redevelopment that reflects the historic significance of the property, for Catholics of the Madison Diocese.

Looking to future

In commending the potential of the BOC redevelopment project, for the future of the diocese and the partnership with Gorman & Company, Bishop Robert C. Morlino observed: “While giving thanks to God for all His gifts in the past, and for the tremendous blessings of the present, this project allows us, in a very concrete way, to look forward to the Church in the future.

“Although growth nearly always involves some level of sacrifice, this project, carried out with an excellent partner, will allow the Church to preserve, for the long term, Her material goods, while focusing most urgently on that which is most precious — the faith of Her people.”

The diocese’s decision to sign a letter of intent with Gorman & Company to repurpose the building is grounded in years of due diligence through its committee and leadership structure to determine the future of the aging and underutilized seminary building.

A strategic stewardship plan for the BOC’s assets is a key element in supporting the diocese’s goals, including the cultivation of future Church leadership through the dynamic growth of the diocese’s seminarian program, which has quintupled under the direction of Bishop Morlino in the past 10 years.

Engaged experts

As part of its multi-staged evaluation process, the diocese engaged several recognized experts, including Kothe Real Estate Partners and zumBrunnen — a national leader in facilities forecasting — to assess the financial viability of the BOC and to help forge viable options to address the building’s aging structural and systems issues.

Among the findings by the diocese’s consultants were that the Bishop O’Connor Center will require over $15 million in capital improvements during the next 30 years, but only sustain an average projected building utilization rate of 36 percent.

Despite the diocese’s strategies of diversifying the tenant base, which includes administrative offices for the diocese and other Catholic non-profit organizations, apartment suites for active and retired priests, conference and meeting space, retreat guest rooms, as well as a catering business — the 232,000-square-foot building was never designed for mixed use and offers only 59 percent leasable space, creating an ongoing operating challenge.

Diocesan officials observed that the concept to repurpose the building as housing (which was proposed by Gary Gorman after the diocese approached him for assistance in identifying sensitive and reality-based solutions) offers a singular opportunity for a historically sensitive development that is highly compatible with the neighborhood and guided by a local Catholic developer who has established a national reputation and outstanding track record for award-winning historic preservation projects:

“In a search for a respectful, viable, and exciting solution for the future use of the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, we prudently sought professional advice from internal and external leadership. Ultimately, this led to seeking the expertise of Gary Gorman based on his leadership and involvement with Catholic Charities and All Saints Senior Neighborhood, along with his extensive professional experience on a national scale with adaptive reuse of significant and historic buildings through Gorman and Company, Inc.,” remarked Msgr. James Bartylla, vicar general of the Diocese of Madison.

“Gary’s creative proposed solution of adaptive reuse of the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, that retains diocesan ownership, respects the historic legacy of the property, and compliments the character of the neighborhood and needs of the community, is a testament not only to his professionalism but also his active Catholic faith. We’re grateful for his critical contribution to this proposed project.”

If the Gorman development moves forward, diocesan officials predict savings on BOC operations in the range of $500,000 annually, as well as a positive revenue stream over the life of the lease to help sustain its numerous ministries and parishes throughout the diocese.

For more information about the Diocese of Madison, its mission, outreach, and apostolates, visit www.madisondiocese.org

Priests comment on proposal
Msgr. Michael Burke, pastor, St. Maria Goretti Parish, Madison

“My priesthood has been linked for over 40 years to the building, grounds, and wonderful history of the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center: as a student, instructor, vocation director/recruiter, and rector of Holy Name Seminary for 19 years, as well as being the current pastor of St. Maria Goretti Parish area in which the center is located. For nearly two decades after the closing of Holy Name Seminary, we have seen many noble and worthy attempts to operate the facility as effectively and efficiently as possible, even though its large size and initial design as a seminary doesn’t lend itself to such a use. I’ve been a member of the finance council of the Diocese of Madison and for over two years we have investigated with diocesan staff, Bishop Morlino, and consultants to come up with a proposal on the effective use of this property. Today’s proposal before Bishop Morlino and the Diocese of Madison presents us with the opportunity to retain ownership of the building and property, reduce our operating and capital costs, design more modern, cost effective and efficient office space for diocesan personnel, and carefully weigh how this beloved property may benefit the Diocese of Madison in the future.

“My dad took me to the dedication of the seminary 50 years ago. Bishop O’Connor, Bishop Hastrich, Bishop O’Donnell, and Bishop Wirz gave their life and ministry to this sacred property. If Bishop Morlino approves this proposal it will greatly honor the efforts of these Bishops and all the people who have been associated with this sacred ground. May the Holy Spirit and Holy Name of Jesus continue to guide us in the future. Keep hope alive.”

Msgr. Daniel Ganshert, pastor, St. Henry Parish and St. Bernard Parish, Watertown

“Fifty years ago the people of the Diocese of Madison contributed to the construction of a building to honor the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

“For me it has become a brick and mortar sermon on the mount where countless people continue to be blessed by its existence. This new development will assure its future as a landmark for generations to come.”

Fr. Randy Timmerman, pastor, St. Dennis Parish, Madison; Holy Name Seminary graduate

“This plan is courageous for the needs of today and prudent for the future of the diocese.”

 

Madison Catholic Diocese plans to turn headquarters into rental housing

By Doug Erickson, Wisconsin State Journal, September 26, 2013

The Madison Catholic Diocese has reached a tentative agreement with a  developer to vacate its headquarters at the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral  Center on the city’s Far West Side and turn the former seminary into rental  housing.

Under the plan, the diocese will lease the building for 60 years to developer  Gary Gorman, whose company will renovate the 232,000-square-foot structure and  create 100 to 150 apartments. The diocese will retain ownership of the  property.

Bishop Robert Morlino announced the plan to about 120 priests gathered  Wednesday in Wisconsin Dells for an annual meeting.

The decision is not because of budget problems, said Monsignor James  Bartylla, the diocese’s second in command. Rather, the aging O’Connor Center,  702 S. High  Point Road, is underused and would require more than $15 million in capital  improvements over the next 30 years to keep it as the diocese’s headquarters, he  said.

This is the best way to preserve the legacy of a landmark building while  being good stewards of church finances, Bartylla said.

“It strikes a balance between the economics of the situation and preserving  the history of the diocese,” he said.

Diocesan officials expect to save an estimated $500,000 annually by getting  out from under the costs of operating the center. In addition, the lease  agreement will provide revenue to fund church activities, diocesan spokesman  Brent King said. The lease amount has not been set but likely will vary over the  course of the agreement, he said.

If the plan goes through, it will be a for-profit venture by Gorman &  Company, and the property would return to the tax rolls, King said. “This is  only just and reasonable,” he said.

Only about 36 percent of the building’s square footage is being used right  now, Bartylla said.

The diocese will need to find a new home for its administrative offices,  including the bishop’s office. Catholic Charities also is based at the center.  Together, about 100 people work at the site, King said.

A new site has not yet been found for the offices. It likely will be leased  space, not existing diocesan property, because no parish would have the amount  of square footage needed, Bartylla said.

Additionally, the O’Connor Center is home to four retired priests and five  active priests. New quarters will be found for them, King said.

The chapel, located in the center of the building, will be preserved, but its  use in the future has not been determined, Bartylla said.

At the end of the 60 years, the building would revert to diocesan control. A  firmer development agreement is expected by Nov. 15.

The lease agreement would cover only about 10 acres of the 72-acre Bishop  O’Connor Center site, Bartylla said. No decisions have been made on the future  of the other acres, he said.

Realistically, renovation likely would not begin until next summer or fall,  said Gary Gorman, chief executive officer. The company anticipates spending $30  million to $40 million to renovate the building, he said.

Gorman said the rental housing would be for the general public, not targeted  to Catholics. He envisions it appealing to “working people on the West Side who  don’t want to live in a generic white box — people who want to live somewhere  interesting.”

The company will renovate the building as a “certified historic  rehabilitation,” in accordance with historic preservation guidelines prescribed  by the National Park Service, Gorman said.

Gorman has a long history of working with the diocese as a developer.  Additionally, he has served as a board member and board president of Catholic  Charities. He attends Holy Mother of Consolation Parish in Oregon.

The Bishop O’Connor Center was first known as Holy Name Seminary, opening to  students in 1964. The seminary closed in 1995.

Both parties will jointly approve a name for the redeveloped site.

“The time is right to consider how best to use that place for the ministry of  the church,” said the Rev. Paul Arinze, pastor of Our Lady of the Assumption  Parish in Beloit. “When the bishop was talking to us, he reminded us that we are  like fathers at home — you have a wife and children and must constantly make  decisions based on what’s best for the future of the family.”

Sure, there is sentimental value to the building, said Monsignor Daniel  Ganshert, pastor of two parishes in Watertown and among the first students at  Holy Name Seminary. But priests recognize that change is part of life and part  of the ministry, he said.

“I’m just happy the building is still going to be there,” he said. “It’s  going to stand there like it has for the last 50 years and remind us and  encourage us to look to the future of the diocese and its people.”

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