ALLOUEZ — Bishop David Ricken blessed the new Welcoming Center at Resurrection Parish in Allouez on Jan. 5. The center, which cost $2,449,000, includes offices, meeting rooms, a large reception area and basement space, which is partially completed and used for youth ministry.
The Welcoming Center adds more than 17,000 square feet to the parish complex and is connected directly to the church and the school. It was built in space north of the church after the former convent, which had housed the parish offices, was demolished. In the meantime, parish offices had been housed in the pastor’s house.
Resurrection Parish, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013, has more than 1,400 members. Bishop Robert Morneau is pastor. The parish welcoming center — designed by Mark Brummel of Brummel Architectural Group and built by DeLeer’s Construction — is the latest in several renovation/construction projects undertaken by the parish in recent years.
These included expansion and updates of the kitchen and day chapel, a new church roof and church interior lighting and renovation of the gathering area. Changes were also made to the storm drainage on the grounds, with a biofilter added, and the back parking lot was enlarged.
Cost for these updates was $836,000. The Family Activity Center, built on the east side of the school, was completed in 1995. The remainder of the basement area in the Welcoming Center can be expanded at a future date.