Opening the Doors of Tomorrow
A St. Ann feasibility study
Results are in: Parishioners support new construction
We asked for your feedback and you delivered. Nearly 1,400 parishioners provided their thoughts on building a parish center near Reilly Field to support the future needs of St. Ann. Here are some of the highlights from the June feasibility survey conducted by consulting firm Cathedral/Cunneen Co.:
Now that Father Ray knows he has your support, parish leaders will seek approval from the Archdiocese of Atlanta to mount a capital campaign. If that is approved, a building committee will be formed to pursue next steps.
St. Ann’s 10-year Master Plan
The Archdiocese of Atlanta requires a parish to create a 10-year master plan before any large capital project can be undertaken. It must be developed and reviewed by a project study team from the parish and approved by the archdiocese.
The plan involves interviewing staff and key ministries to:
- •assess goals, needs, growth and options to adequately serve the parish over the next decade.
- •assess requirements, ideas and directives for implementing the goals.
- •assess parish demographics and projected changes over the 10-year period.
- •project growth in staff and ministries over the same period.
In 2016, then-pastor Father Tom Reilly commissioned a 10-year master plan to evaluate future needs. It included five options. When presented to the Parish Pastoral Council and to various ministries, these stakeholders could reach no consensus on moving forward and the plan was shelved.
In 2018, Father Ray addressed the issue of space and growth once again. The master plan was updated and a new project study team was assembled. Stakeholders were re-interviewed to validate the original need and the project study team narrowed down the five options to one:
- •Construct a two-story, stand-alone building between the pavilion on Reilly Field and Nolan Hall.
- •Connect the two facilities with a bridge.
- •One floor would house a family life center with flexible meeting rooms, a new kitchen and stage.
- •One floor would house all the administrative offices now located across Bishop Lake Road.
- •Current administrative offices would be repurposed.
For more information, contact Jack Busche.