Holy Savior Catholic Church will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new campus on Sunday, June 24. The ceremony will take place at approximately 11:30 a.m. on the existing church site at 13th and Chautauqua. The ceremony will follow the final morning Mass, at 10 a.m., in the church, which was built in 1948.
The groundbreaking comes more than two years after Holy Savior started its capital campaign, A New Hope, A New Home: Built of Living Stones. The project will include a church that is approximately 19,500 square feet and have seating for more than 500 people. The school, for children in grades pre-kindergarten through eight, will be approximately 28,000 square feet. Construction is scheduled to last approximately 16 months. During that time, the church and church offices will relocate to the historic St. Peter Claver campus at 1209 N. Indiana. The school will continue to operate at its existing site, 4640 E. 15th St. N., until the project is complete. The new school will have a capacity for about 300 students.
“Holy Savior is grateful to have achieved this longtime vision of a new church and school for our community,” said the Rev. James J. Billinger, pastor of Holy Savior. “This was done thanks to the love, prayers and support of so many, including our courageous parishioners, thoughtful benefactors, the Catholic Diocese of Wichita and the City of Wichita.”
The architect for the project is Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey. Simpson Construction is the contractor.