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St. Francis Xavier breaks ground on new school building

By LAUREN MCDONALD lmcdonald@thebrunswicknews.com

St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Brunswick broke ground Friday on a new school building.

The planned facility will be a 30,000-square-foot school in downtown Brunswick at Grant and Howe streets.

Bishop Stephen Parkes of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah told parents, students, school staff and others gathered for the ceremony that the new school will be a nice addition to the city’s entrance.

“I know a lot of work has been put in to making it something that is special and something very beautiful for God, and also for all of the young people, the students who will be coming here,” he said. “It’s really an honor for us as part of the Diocese of Savannah to be partnering with you and to be able to create something that will be here to stand as a welcome to the gateway of Brunswick.”

The $9 million project has been made possible by local donors.

“What an exciting day for the city of Brunswick, the community of St. Francis Xavier and the greater church,” said Carrie Jane Williamson, interim superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Savannah. “From the first moment that a student sets foot into a Catholic school, he or she ought to have the impression of entering a new school environment, one illuminated by the light of faith and having its own unique characteristics.

“Today, we gather to break ground on exactly that — a new environment illuminated by the light of faith and the faithful.”

The new school will boast the latest in modern design, she said, and meticulous thought has been given to the school’s features, which will include a broadcasting studio, contemporary spacious classrooms and comprehensive safety and security systems.

Terry Mermann, principal at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, said he was excited to see the school mark such a milestone.

“It’s so nice to see so many people here today who’ve contributed time, talent, and treasure to get us to this special day,” he said.


Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist starts renovation project

By Sarah Winkelmann| April 14, 2021 at 4:08 PM EDT – Updated April 14 at 5:44 PM

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – An iconic symbol in downtown Savannah is about to get some updates to its current space.

On Wednesday, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Savannah blessed the start of the renovation project at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist. The $4.5 million project will convert the church’s undercroft, what’s essentially the church’s basement, into a parish hall.

Once the project is complete, the space will include a reception hall with seating for 600 people, an expanded chapel, a catering kitchen and new vesting cabinets. The new downstairs will match the beauty of the cathedral with vaulted ceilings, decorated columns and a marble floor.

“I think it is going to be a space that people will be proud of and happy to go into,” said Rev. Gerry Schreck, the rector of the Cathedral. “Though it is the undercroft of the cathedral, it’s going to be an uplifting type of experience for people.”

The demolition work is already finished but now the renovation project will begin. The church expects the project should be complete in 12 months.

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Senior Citizens, Inc. opens new Center for Successful Aging

John Kern, Kern & Company; Mayor Van Johnson, City of Savannah; Lila Critz, Co-Chair of the  Capital Campaign; Susan Hancock, Board Chair for SCI; Jeff Kole, Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign; Matt West, West Construction Company; Patti Lyons, President, SCIANAGHA

January 11, 2021 – Senior Citizens, Inc. recently hosted a ribbon cutting for their new Center for Successful Aging.

On Jan. 8, 2021, SCI President Patti Lyons joined board leadership, local dignitaries and key donors to officially open their new center, featuring a state-of-the-art-facility and a total renovation of the nonprofit’s campus.

Serving Savannah and surrounding communities since 1959, SCI provides more than 10 major programs and services to address the changing needs of the aging population, including physical, intellectual, spiritual, and communal well-being. Over the next 15 years, the percentage of older adults (60+) in Savannah alone will increase from 28 percent to 48 percent of the population. To meet this growing need, SCI, a national leader in services for older adults, expanded and enhanced the services they offer.

To learn more about SCI, its services, and plans for expansion, please visit www.seniorcitizensinc.orgor call 912-236-0363. 

Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry celebrate groundbreaking of new location

By SavannahMorning News

The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry broke ground Tuesday, March 3, on a new 24,000-square-foot home near Chatham Parkway.

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