After decades in the ministry, the Rev. Edward McDevitt knows a shared vision when he sees one. McDevitt sees one as All Saints Catholic Church prepares to break ground on its largest addition yet.
“There is every reason to hope,” McDevitt said.
All Saints began a fundraising and pledge campaign in the fall for a new parish life center. They needed $1.2 million but aimed for $1.8 million to build the center debt-free. On Sunday at noon, the church breaks ground.
“It really is going to mean new life,” McDevitt said. “The classroom space is adequate for five years ago, but we’ve grown so much.”
Susan Noel, secretary of the parish and building campaign, said All Saints already has almost $600,000 of the more than $1.3 million pledged by parishioners since October.
“Parishioners have been very generous,” she said.
All Saints has 708 families and 1,873 members. Those numbers grow weekly, Noel said, which makes the new life center a necessity.
“Right now we’re having to break down everything anytime we have an event,” Noel said.
The new building will have a second level with space for faith formation classes. Studies and classes now held on Wednesday or Sunday nights can be held Sunday mornings with the 10,000-square-foot addition, which will connect to the current building.
“It’ll take about a year for the building to be completed,” Noel said.
The new space adds a kitchen and up to a dozen classrooms, plus additional office space. The church has four office workers now in addition to McDevitt, who served in Lake Wylie and York for a dozen years and then left for six years, before returning for the past four.
If the congregation grows to include a second priest, the new center will have an office for that person, too.
All Saints membership has tripled in the past seven years. Continued growth likely will coincide with construction on a full sanctuary, but church leadership wants to get through one building project before considering a timeline for another.
“It’s too far out now to nail it down,” Noel said.
All Saints purchased the 8 acres at 530 S.C. 274 in 1998. The current building was built in 2006.