Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church recently broke ground on a new $5 million facility.
Its new, 15,788 square-foot church is being built next to its existing one at Augusta Road and James Drive. It is scheduled to be completed in late summer 2016.
Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church is a family-based parish with a K-4-8th grade school, an active ministry to the needy in the community, a vibrant youth work combined with traditional worship and devotions.
The Bishop of the Diocese of Charleston, Robert Guglielmone, and parishioners gathered to mark the official start of construction on the new church.
“This is an exciting day for our church, one that has been in the making for nearly 60 years since the founding of our parish,” said Father Dwight Longenecker of Our Lady of the Rosary. “The parish has been working on and off on building this much needed facility for nearly five decades but the time is right now, as we are growing with Greenville.”
The church was designed by Green and Associates and will be built by Cely Construction.
It will be a Romanesque—style facility featuring recovered stained glass windows from the Wilbur H. Burnham studios. The windows were purchased from a previously closed Catholic church in Pittsfield, Mass., and are currently being refurbished for use in the new church.
Church officials hope the new construction and additional community investments in the area will help spur a renewal in the Augusta Road corridor near Interstate 85 on the city’s south side.
The existing church was built in 1955, according to Brian Remberg, a spokesperson for the church.
The existing church will be renovated to become a community center and new early learning center for the Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic school.
(Story from Greenville Online)