Construction of New Newman Center at Southeast Missouri State Moving Along Ahead of Schedule

Southeast Missouri State University officials say construction on the Newman Center, the Catholic campus ministry facility is moving along ahead of schedule. After starting demolition and construction on the site during the spring season the facility is starting to take shape with masonry work. Officials say their goal is to have the roof put on the facility prior to Christmas to allow interior construction to proceed during the winter season. The new 7,000-square-foot building that includes a 1,500-square-foot chapel will be called St. John Henry Newman Center, where the university will hold Mass and ministry activities and the new facility is just down the street from the Academic Hall. After outgrowing the university’s old chapel, members of the Newman Center raised funds for the new facility and they surpassed their fundraising goal. Members say they are doing all of this with deep and sincere gratitude to over 400 benefactors that committed both financially and prayerfully to the new facility. In September of last year, officials say funds reached $4.9 million and they set a goal of $4.5 million and the additional money that was raised has been utilized to purchase extra interior finishes to advance the beauty and sacredness of the worship area. Officials say they plan to begin using the space next summer and operate entirely by this time next year.

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