Project Profiles

DeKalb, Illinois – St. Mary’s Parish

There were many challenges to replacing the roof of this historic church, including a steep pitch, total tear-off needed, weight factor for trusses, and non-ventilated ridge. Here’s the solution they found!

Click here to read the article.

 Reason for Hope – Beautiful New Church

Traditional Building Magazine published an article about a new church that was just built.  Saint Mary, Help of Christians Roman Catholic Church in Aiken, South Carolina was established in 1853 with the original structure being destroyed by a tornado in 1878.

This new structure is beautiful with it’s front atrium, modern to fit in with surrounding downtown buildings, and innovative with it’s wooden ciborium painted to look like marble.

Originally, the new church was designed and budgeted to hold 800, but the bishop decided it needed to hold 1000.  The final structure is a 25,000 sq. ft. cruciform Romanesque-style church.  The article talks not only about the specifics of the structure, but how they worked with budget constraints.

Click here to read the entire article.

Also, the parishes website has some wonderful renderings of the project.  Click here.

A Happy Story

Here’s a great success story about the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist’s restoration in the Diocese of Patterson. The cathedral is on the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers as well as the Paterson Historic District Register and dates back to 1870.

Back in September of 2010, ceiling tiles and plaster fell into the Nave area. Upon further inspection the cathedral was closed; having been deemed a “dangerous” building. Problems with trusses, flooring, and the choir loft are among a few of the issues discovered.

In October of 2014, the restoration project began. Happily, if all goes well, they will complete the renovations/restorations by June of this year and hold a dedication on June 25, the feast of St. John the Baptist.  This is a beautiful historic church and very much worth saving.

Click here to read more about the history of St. John the Baptist Cathedral.

Click here for the scope of the project.

Click here for more info on the final stages of the project.

A Glimpse of Heaven

Take a look at this beautiful mosaic dome that was recently completed. St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Austin, Texas recently completed a decade long project!

The pastoral associate along with 10 parishioners spearheaded the project and CCFM member, Rohn Associates, directed the liturgical design and installation.  Here’s an Article in Austin Statesman that tells about the project briefly, but a better article that details the labor intensive, detail-oriented, 10,000,000 mosaic tile project is here.

A Chapel in the Desert

Our Lady of Solitude is a chapel serving the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Tonopah, Arizona.  It is striking to see the chapel and the beautiful Pieta statue sitting out in the middle of desert country.

One of our member companies did a lot of work on this project.  This link will take you to a YouTube video that will show you up close the work that was done.

Also, there was a short profile of the project in Architect Magazine.  Click here to read that.

Or read about it on their website by clicking here.

Lumen Christi Award

The 2015/16 Lumen Christi Award (Light of Christ) was given to Fr. Fredy Angel of the Savannah, Georgia Diocese. We had our conference there last spring; it’s a beautiful diocese.  This is truly and inspirational story about how the Holy Spirit moves us and especially timely with so much news about what divides us racially.  The Holy Spirit, through Fr. Fredy, shows us what racial diversity can accomplish.

Fr. Fredy has been the pastor to Queen of Peach Parish and its mission parishes (covering 3 counties) for eight years. All were small and struggling and all with different ethnic backgrounds.  Fr. Angel has worked for eight years to unite the people and build one stong, multi-racial parish.

His efforts have been so successful that there is need for a larger parish building.  They will build a new St. Anthony of Padua parish to accommodate the vibrant community.

Here is a link to the Catholic Extension article which includes a short video. Catholic Extension has helped fund the new parish project.

You can also read in more detail about the backg

Holy Distractions

In a small town in rural Missouri, a delicate and beautiful restoration project is underway.  The St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, in St. Thomas, Missouri is approaching 150 years old.  Currently, it is a parish of 250 families and like most older parishes, it has some gorgeous stained glass windows that need repairing.  There is so much more to this story; click here to read the full article.

Upon this Rock

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in New London, Connecticut, began their restoration project in September of 2014 and it is scheduled to be completed this fall.

The majority of the project is stone work, with extensive work on the 30 foot bell tower and buttresses.  In addition, the job also includes clay tile roof repair, work on some rotting wood, and stained glass window restoration.

One of our own members, Bovard, is handling the stained glass work.

You can read the article by clicking here.