Received this statement from the Rev Kevin Connolly and Ann Felton, co-chairs of the Rochester Catholic Schools Board of Trustees, about the latest developments relative to the proposed Lourdes High School. We had heard about the possibility of a ground-breaking, and they responded with this statement:
Site preparation continues in anticipation of beginning construction on the new Lourdes High School facility. Weis Builders, construction managers for the project, will oversee this next round of site preparation. We have received permission from Bishop John M. Quinn, Diocese of Winona, for the footings to be dug and put in for the new school.
We are awaiting 'alienation of the land' paperwork
to arrive from the Vatican, because the purchase agreement with Mayo Clinic for the sale of the current Lourdes High School cannot be signed until the alientation is done. 'Alienation' is a Canon Law term that means to separate the land from its owner. Any piece of property that is worth more than $5 million must be alienated through the Vatican.
The capital campaign continues and finalizing of financing details is being completed. We are optimistic that authorization will be received to continue building throughout the winter months.