Bishop Carl A. Kemme of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita blessed the new Holy Savior Catholic Academy on Sunday, August 18. The new school opened its doors for the first day on Wednesday, August 21.

More than 500 people attended the blessing, which included remarks from several people including: Bishop Kemme; Fr. Jim Billinger, pastor of Holy Savior Catholic Church; Fr. Pat Malone, former pastor of Holy Savior; Dr. Delia Shropshire, president and former principal of Holy Savior Catholic Academy; Mr. Philip Stutey, principal of Holy Savior Catholic Academy; and Deacon Ron Ealey, former administrator of Holy Savior Catholic Church. In addition, former principals and representatives of former principals spoke and several government representatives also shared remarks.

The theme from those who spoke centered on gratitude for a project that had been talked about for more than 25 years.

"Gratitude is the virtue word we will hear all year," Mr. Stutey said.

The new school was part of a $9.1 million capital campaign, "A New Hope, A New Home: Built of Living Stones," that Holy Savior Parish launched in 2016. In addition to the school, the project includes a new church, which remains under construction. The church dedication date has been set for November 22.

Demolition of the old school and church buildings began in July 2018. Simpson Construction is the contractor for the project and Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey is the architectural firm.

Photo credit for the picture slideshow: Fernando Salazar.