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​Ground blessed for ‘game-changing’ facility at JPII

February 08, 2021 | posted by Today's Catholic newspaper

Topics: Archbishop, In the Press, Breaking News


Ground blessed for ‘game-changing’ facility at JPII

Catholic Schools Week kicked off in a big way February 1 as ground was blessed for the new gymnasium at St. John Paul II High School in New Braunfels in advance of the February 23 groundbreaking gathering.

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS, spoke to members of the school’s senior class in the recently renovated Guardians Chapel and toured the new STEM laboratories and classrooms on campus prior to the brief blessing ceremony.

The archbishop thanked Andrew Iliff, principal, for his commitment to the mission of Catholic education, noting his involvement with the school since its inception. Iliff in turned spoke of his appreciation for Superintendent of Catholic Schools Marti West for her support and he also expressed his gratitude to John Paul II Director of Advancement Kim Lehmann Gonzalez for shepherding a nearly three-and-a-half fundraising effort to finance construction of the new facility. Gonzalez explained how contributions to the gymnasium project would arrive just when they were needed most, an example being a recent 10-day blitz netting more than $100,000 almost entirely from the parent community. In addition, the school has received assistance from the archdiocesan “On the Way-Andale” capital campaign for the gym.

Auxiliary Bishop Michael Boulette will be present in late February from the groundbreaking with construction commencing soon after.