The President’s Page - December 1, 2015
“…focused on the unrelenting pursuit of excellence.”
Up-to-the-minute information for members – and prospective members – of Cathedral’s Heritage Society*
We are on the way toward $16,500,000!
“We won’t have success if people think only about their incomes and make gifts accordingly. This is about that old story of the chicken and the pig contributing to a bacon and eggs breakfast – the chicken makes a contribution, the pig makes a commitment. We will have success if each of us considers our assets and assigns a portion of those assets to this project.”
• From 2015 Cathedral State of the School Address
Bob ‘77 and Kathy ‘77 Lahr – and Laurie Keene and her team behind the scenes – are off to a great start completing sit-down visits with no fewer than 200 people over the next ten months. We are at work getting commitments for at least $16,500,000 in new capital for our students, their teachers, Cathedral facilities, and the E-6 programs of Catholic Community Schools.
We are off to a good start with seventeen visits completed and $2,400,000 in commitments. We want to reach our goal as quickly as possible so that construction can begin for the Phase One of our project – and so that the elementary schools will have some working capital to strengthen their programs. Remember, what Cathedral needs most is more kindergarteners.
At the heart of this campaign, lest we forget, are our students. All of this is for them so that the education we provide for them is the realization of our shared vision: Cathedral’s effectiveness is unmatched in its education, preparation, and formation of young men and women for adulthood – and in its delivery of religious, social, intellectual, financial, leadership, service, and cultural capital to Central Minnesota and the world.
For the $16.5 million we will construct a new building on the sites of the former 1914 building and the 1890 Zardetti Mansion. This new building, highly functional and very practical – with dramatic views to the Mississippi River – will address the great needs we have for Catholic identity, science, music, art, 21st century learning, and an embrace of the natural environment.
As an initiative of the E-12 Catholic Community Schools, ten percent (10%) of monies raised during Phase One will be used to strengthen the area Catholic elementary schools. Remember, what Cathedral needs most is more kindergarteners.
The campaign has started and you’re an important part of it. Before it’s over we will have invited the entire 50,000-member Cathedral community to be involved. Details will be shared during face-to-face visits and later in printed materials as well as on our web site.
Please give Audrey your full attention and your support when she contacts you to schedule a sit-down visit. And, if you’re eager, contact her at 320-257-2140 or firstname.lastname@example.org before she beats you to the punch. If you want to beat the December 31st tax deadline, be sure to let us know… and if you’re making a gift of appreciated stock (really smart!), please allow several days for your gift to clear the brokerage process.
Advent and Christmas at Cathedral
We are in the midst of the advent season. Here on campus we pray daily, we have our beautiful advent tree on the mezzanine, and we will have several liturgies including a Feast of the Immaculate Conception mass presided at by Bishop Donald at the Cathedral of St. Mary.
Music is a big part of the season. We have five different concerts scheduled; try to get to them to support our students and to enjoy the music of the season.
All of our winter activities and sports have started with full-blown schedules between now and March. Ever attended a Knowledge Bowl meet or a speech meet?
Our students and teachers will enjoy an extra-long Christmas vacation this year (16 days) as the last day of school in 2015 is December 18th and the first day in 2016 is January 4th. But, not to despair, school is still open daily except for the four days involving Christmas and the New Year.
Cathedral Annual Fund
Please remember Cathedral and our very important Annual Fund. We can accept gifts for the 2015 tax year up until midnight December 31st on-line and/or postmarked no later than December 31, 2015. Each gift is important and never taken for granted.
Have a peace-filled advent season.
Michael A. Mullin