Texas High School Football!
New artificial turf as seen from the 50-yard line at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, Texas. In the distance is the Ed Haggar Athletic Complex. Having worked with the school on numerous projects, we admire the incredible transformation of the campus over the course of two decades. The school has become a recognized North Texas powerhouse in both academics and sports.
Flood Waters Begin to Recede
For Sacred Heart Church and Schools in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, the winter of 1996-1997 saw a series of blizzards from November to April, culminating in nearly 100 inches of snow. Spring arrived late, quickly turning the snowpack into a glacial lake that inundated hundreds of square miles. Catholic Development Group spearheaded fundraising for recovery. Within just two years, despair was turned to celebration with the opening of a new $20 million K—12 school.
Looking good, Sister!
Sr. Catherine Meinert dons a hard hat to celebrate construction of a new pump house. Needed for fire emergencies, it provides adequate water pressure to Caritas Christi, the motherhouse for the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill. Located in the hills of rural Greensburg, Pennsylvania, you won’t find a more beautiful place for prayer.
The Evening Sun sets Peacefully on St. Patrick’s Church
In our first conversation with parish leaders, we were told of a $7 million remodeling plan. Thanks to a parish-wide consultation process led by Catholic Development Group, new ideas surfaced from hundreds of parishioners. The project was happily completed on half that budget. Our philosophy is to not only raise money, but to do it in a way that maintains parish unity.
Overflowing River Meets Overflowing Seminary
For 40 years, the Church has prayed for an outpouring of vocations and God has answered in delight. In just six years, St. Joseph’s Seminary grew from 80 to over 160 seminarians. When a major flood inundated the entire campus, Catholic Development Group stepped in to raise $5 million in just six months. Workmen power wash mud from the seminary’s gymnasium in St. Benedict, Louisiana.
Science Center Dedication
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Benson pose for photos with Archbishop Gregory Aymond at the opening of the Gayle and Tom Benson Science and Technology Complex at St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans. The Bensons, owners of the New Orleans Saints and other business ventures, made a capstone gift that made the $10 million project possible.
Not all Projects have to be Glamorous
Geothermal heating and cooling now preserves the beauty and dignity of St. Michael’s Church, Grand Forks, North Dakota. A self-described “working-man” parish, the campaign successfully raised $1.3 million for the project—though it launched in September 2008 in the midst of the stock market meltdown and onset of the Great Recession.
Time to Celebrate!
Greg and Stella Jeffrey celebrate a successful campaign at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans.
Vianney Hall Refurbished
Adoration Chapel in Vianney Hall, St. Joseph’s Seminary College, St. Benedict, Louisiana. The Gulf South has been blessed with an outpouring of vocations not seen since Vatican II. In response, Catholic Development Group raised $5 million to refurbish Vianney Hall, resurrecting it as a dormitory after it had sat unused for decades.
A robot built by students of St. Mary’s Dominican High School
The all-girls high school is known nationwide for its STREAM™ curriculum, a seamless education interweaving Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math. The robotics lab was included in a $10 million campaign for a new science and technology wing.
Ed Schmitz (left) acccepts an award on behalf of Real Presence Radio. Greg Jeffrey (right) helped start the first station in 2003. In just over a decade, a single station has grown into a Catholic radio network serving the upper Midwest.
Sacred Heart Restored to its Traditional Beauty
Fr. John Kleinschmidt rests in the beauty of Sacred Heart Church, Minto, North Dakota. A few years after Vatican II, a pastor removed the statues and whitewashed the interior, much to the dismay of parishioners. Decades later, Fr. John asked us to restore the church to its original beauty. We were only too happy to help. Today the church interior decoration and windows rival any we’ve seen in Europe.