Sacred Hearts Parish Announces $1 Million Fundraising Campaign to Rebuild Church Following Complete Loss from Devastating Thanksgiving Fire
Parish Hall to be Dedicated to Monsignor Charles J. Foeller
CARDINGTON – Sacred Hearts parish leaders gathered today at the site of their former church that was destroyed by fire on Thanksgiving Day 2013 and announced the need to raise $1 million to build a new church and parish hall.
“We’ve lost our worship space, our place to gather for meetings, classrooms for our children, and all of our religious furnishings,” said Sacred Hearts Pastor, Father John Bakle. “We’ve prayerfully worked to design a modest but traditional church to glorify God and to meet our basic needs as a congregation. Unfortunately, our insurance will only cover half of the cost to construct a new church and replace our classrooms and meeting space, which leads us to the need for this capital campaign.”
The estimated total cost for the church and social hall is $2.3 million. Parish leaders outlined the availability of $1.2 million from insurance funds and $100,000 in parish savings which requires the need to raise an additional $1 million to construct the new church as designed.
The eight-member Sacred Hearts Building Commission voted unanimously to name the meeting and classroom area the Monsignor Charles J. Foeller Memorial Hall in honor of the former pastor who served Morrow County’s Catholics for more than 24 years. Msgr. Foeller was the longest serving resident pastor for Sacred Hearts in its century-plus history.
“In addition to the sacrificial pledges of which we are asking our own parish members, we ask those interested in honoring Monsignor Foeller, and those interested in providing aide to their brothers in Christ to consider a donation to our effort,” said Pat Drouhard, chairman of the Sacred Hearts Capital Campaign Committee.
Donations may be made to the Sacred Hearts New Church Fund and mailed to 4680 U.S. Highway 42, Cardington, Ohio 43315 or by calling Sacred Hearts Finance Manager Tamara Dieter at (419) 946-3611, extension 100.
Bexley architect William Heyer who teaches sacred architecture at the Pontifical College Josephinum designed the proposed 242-seat church with attached 5,599-square foot social hall. The traditional plan includes a brick exterior over metal framing and asphalt roofing.
Corna Kokosing Construction Company of Westerville is the selected contractor for the project with groundbreaking expected to begin by August 1.
Sacred Hearts is the only Roman Catholic Church in Morrow County.