Overview

The Education & Activity Center is complete. The new facility is the home of St. Francis Borgia School, our Christian Formation (religious education) program, our day care, all our sports programs, and more. More than 700 people attended the dedication of the Education & Activity Center on Sunday, August 9, 2015, with Archbishop Jerome Listecki blessing the gymnasium and all the classrooms. The new address is:

1425 Covered Bridge Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012

The E&AC at a Glance

  • Twenty-six classrooms, preschool and day care
  • Dedicated music, art and computer labs
  • Accommodates the school, Christian formation (religious education) and parish functions

The Vision

photosThrough the efforts of our Long Range Planning Committee, our vision to create one united campus began to take shape in 2005. Our goal was, and remains, to provide greater spiritual unity, enhance Christian formation, and enable more efficient use of one campus for multiple purposes.

The plans called for building our new Education & Activity Center (E&AC) on our north campus, to replace our aging school facility, and accommodate Christian formation programs, as well as other parish functions.

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From Vision to Reality

Fundraising and Planning

Our initial campaign, “In the Spirit of the Future,” raised more than $5 million. Additional funds were raised through the Faith In Our Future campaign. Land was purchased and detailed architectural drawings were completed. In fall 2013 another building fundraising campaign was begun with the help of early catalyst donors who pledged $1.2 million. In February 2014, through the generosity of our parishioners and other donors, we reached our fundraising goal to build a new Education and Activity Center at the St. Francis Borgia-North campus.

Construction and Dedication

Starting construction was dependent on many milestones, such as securing a loan, obtaining final zoning and conditional approval from the Town of Cedarburg, working with the builder to update plans and with the general contractor regarding costs, obtaining permits from the state and DNR, finalizing plans with the county and town regarding road and highway access, and receiving final building approvals — from the SFB pastoral and finance councils and from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee building commission.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held August 10, 2014, and the building was completed the following July, in time for the 2015-16 school year. The new Education & Activity Center was dedicated by Archbishop Listecki one year after groundbreaking — on Sunday, August 9, 2015.

Pastor’s Message:
Magnificent, Perfect Day for Blessing and Dedication of Our New Building

We estimate that around 750 – 800 people attended the Blessing and Dedication of our Education & Activity Center on Sunday, August 9! To say the very least, it was a magnificent, perfect day. 

The one-hour program was filled with laughter and applause, speeches and tributes, thank yous and prayer, music and song. The Vic DiCristo Trio played for two hours, and people were even dancing. People kept saying “wow” and “oh” and “beautiful” every time they entered one of the 26 new classrooms or labs. The biggest accolades went to the gym, the library, and the music/band rooms. The assistant superintendent of Catholic schools said, “Now you have a building equal to the caliber of school you have.” 

Read Fr. Tom’s full article from the 8/16/15 bulletin.

The First Few Months

More than one-quarter of the new school year, a full volleyball season, initial CYM sports practices, an Archdiocesan Teacher conference at SFB and a music concert have already come and gone in our parish’s new Education & Activity Center (E&AC). Behind the scenes, finishing touches and “fine tuning” are winding down, but these are not slowing the great things happening in the E&AC. Glowing reports continue to come in from our students, teachers and guests. Talk about a complete parish effort! Without the time, talents and treasure of all involved, our new E&AC would not have been possible. Thank you for your investment in our parish’s future! (12/20/15)

Financial Support

Contributions toward the cost of the Education & Activity Center are always welcome, and there is recognition for all donors. See the How to Contribute page.

Dec. 2015 Update on Finances

Through the end of November (2015), 1,386 parishioners, grandparents and community supporters had made financial contributions to fund the construction of the E&AC, aggregating over $9 million since fundraising began in 2006. Pledge collections have gone very well, with 1,198 of the 1,386 pledges already paid in full. We have 188 parishioners who have a remaining balance, totaling approximately $440,000 in outstanding pledges. Close to one-quarter of these are being paid via monthly electronic payment installments. Approximately $400,000 of the outstanding pledge balances are scheduled for pay-off / retirement in the next 12 months, which will help reduce E&AC project borrowings.

The parish has an outstanding construction loan balance of approximately $1.7 million, which is scheduled to be reduced to $1.5 million and then converted into a regular mortgage loan in the next 90 days. Payments on open pledges, as well as proceeds from the eventual sale of the former school on the South Campus, along with future donations and fundraising, will be used to retire the debt.

We are very appreciative of the 175 parishioners who have paid in more than their original E&AC pledges, as well as all parishioners, community members, grandparents and friends who have made contributions toward the facility.

Photos

Click on the links below to view photos in our Photo Gallery:

To see photos and videos taken during construction and beyond, go to SFBeac.com.

Additional Information

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Have questions or comments related to the new Education & Activity Center?

  • Send an e-mail to the Education & Activity Center Leadership Committee; or
  • Contact the parish office; or
  • Check phone contact information for the E&AC Leadership Team at the top of the March 2014 pdficon_small Q&A flyer.

For background information showing how we’ve moved toward the dream of an Education & Activity Center, see the Parish Planning page.