Groundbreaking for a groundbreaking ministry

On April 13, St. Joseph’s Indian School held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of the renovation of the school’s Recreation Center. Board members, including Fr. Vien Nguyen, SCJ, and Fr. Greg Schill, SCJ, were among those wielding shovels.

Renovation plans include updates to make the facility more current, and improvements to enhance future use: more storage space and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; a second gym allowing for more activities; and a layout that accommodates gymnastics, wrestling, archery and cheer. The current gym will be dedicated to basketball and volleyball. The new addition will include a second basketball court. There will be individual offices, more restrooms, a multi-purpose room and exercise spaces for students and staff.

“Today is not only about the future possibilities for this building but also the tremendous possibilities in your future,” said Mike Tyrell, school president, to students. “As you watch this new construction, you will see the time it takes to build a strong foundation. Use this Rec Center, your campus homes, your counselor’s office and all of the good things at St. Joe’s to build a solid foundation for yourselves.”

St. Joseph’s Indian School is one of the oldest Dehonian ministries in the United States.