St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church will have a groundbreaking ceremony for a new rectory building at 10 a.m., June 13 at the parish, 10755 N. 124th St., in Scottsdale.
The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, and Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega will join the Rev. Michael Straley and the Catholic faithful for the ceremony in the church courtyard, according to a press release.
The “Centered in Christ” initiative will fund constructing the new rectory as well as build the parish endowment to offset future maintenance expenses. This initiative also funds replacing the 23-year-old church roof and air conditioning unit, which will be replaced with a new high-efficiency cost-saving unit, the release said.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux has partnered with the Catholic Community Foundation to make the projects a reality and will be the final feature in completing the spiritual home for the St. Bernard of Clairvaux community, noted the release.
“It will be such a pleasure to complete our parish buildings with a home for fu-ture priests and seminarians. I want to thank all of those involved with the planning,” said the Rev. Michael Straley, pastor of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, in a prepared statement. “Personally, I cannot wait to be living on the property with all of our many activities.”
Co-chairs of the Centered in Christ Campaign are Barry Markl, and Dr. Michael V. and Carolyn Rock.
“To have our priests on campus for personal and ministry accessibility is immeasurable,” said Markl in a prepared statement.
“Having our priests on the church campus will be a great blessing for our pa-rishioners and provide an opportunity for an increase in vocations,” said Dr. Rock in a prepared statement.