Cathedral to break ground this summer for new academic building, housing a chapel, community room, science, engineering, and visual arts.
The Campaign for Cathedral has reached an important milestone! With $1.4 million yet to raise for Cathedral’s $16.5 million new academic building addition, the school has received approval to begin building this summer from members of The Cathedral High School Corporation, with the consent of the Diocesan Finance Council.
This will be the first new building to the Cathedral campus in 52 years.
On the last day of school, with all of the Cathedral student body, faculty, staff, and numerous supporters as witness, Cathedral High School Board Chair, Fr. Tom Knoblach ’79 announced, “I am very pleased to tell you that, in about a year, you will be standing in a new academic building - to learn about the sciences and the world that God has created, to build community together, and to spend some time thanking God for those gifts in a chapel."
Superintendent of Catholic Community Schools, Lynn Grewing, added, “As we celebrate this incredible announcement, we give thanks to the amazing community that surrounds Cathedral and all of our Catholic Community Schools. You have turned this dream into a concrete vision. Some thought it couldn’t be done - I’ll admit, there were days when I thought it couldn’t be done! - and yet here we are. Thank you, and God bless you all.”
Bishop Donald Kettler ended the ceremony with, “I'm not only happy about what's happening here today, I'm excited - because of so much more that we can offer to all of our young people, to you at Cathedral High School and to all of our Catholic Community Schools. Thank you for your support for this. Keep praying for us as we go forward now."
A groundbreaking date has been set for reunion weekend - Sunday, August 11, 2019 following Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral - with construction beginning in early-to-mid August 2019. Completion of the new academic building is scheduled for August of 2020.
Built between and connecting Cathedral’s Historic Center Building and the North gym, this academic building will provide a new chapel and state-of-the-art 21st-century programming spaces for the visual arts, sciences and engineering programs. This building will become the primary entrance to the Cathedral campus on 7th Avenue North St. Cloud, and will have views to the Mississippi from a community room and outdoor patio facing 6th Avenue North.
The Campaign for Cathedral seeks to raise $18.0 million overall, with $16.5 million designated for the new academic building and $1.5 million for the eight elementary schools within the St. Cloud Catholic Community Schools (CCS)* system. Upon raising the remaining $1.4 million for the new academic building, The Campaign will raise the final $1.5 million for the elementary schools.
*CCS member schools include: All Saints Academy, St. Cloud; Cathedral; Holy Cross, Pearl Lake; Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Cloud; Saint Francis Xavier, Sartell; Saint Joseph Catholic School, St. Joseph; Saint Katharine Drexel, St. Cloud; Saint Mary Help of Christians, St. Augusta; and Saint Wendelin, Luxemburg.