Buildings and Property
PHASE III - A FREE STANDING CHURCH
It’s Official -The additional land for our free standing church is ours. On January 11,2017, Bishop Taylor signed the contract; and we have closed on the land that met the site criteria for the best location for our future church. Thank you to the Land Acquisition Committee: Pat McGee, Mark Breden, Tom Hennelly, & David Bordovsky, and Core Team members for their hard work over the years to help us get to this point.
The Core Team’s current focus is on repaying the land purchase loan as soon as possible, while beginning preliminary work for our freestanding church.
The Core Team is in the very early stages of planning this final step. We are thrilled that we have arrived at Phase III of the St. Joseph Master Plan which will complete the relocation of our entire parish—church and school—from Lafayette Street to Starr Drive, on land that was our original home in the 1840s (see History). Our enthusiasm and commitment are high, as we enter these early stages of planning for our future church. Together, we begin working through the steps to reach our goal of paying for the land and breaking ground.
Stepping Stone Recap
- History of St. Joseph Master Plan (Oct. 9, 2016)
- Location Location Location (Oct. 16, 2016)
- Changes and Growth (Oct. 23, 2016)
- A Sacred Place (Oct. 30, 2016)
- A Stream Runs Through It (Nov. 6, 2016)
- Let Us Pray (Nov. 13, 2016)
- Realizing a Dream Town Hall Meetings Recap (Feb. 12, 2017)
- Reverence and Space (Mar. 5, 2017)
The buildings and property we enjoy have been given to us by God. Through responsible stewardship, we maintain, increase and pass them on to future generations where God to continue to bless us. It is the
DeBriyn Center (2012)
The Chapel Center and Education Facility was the initial phase to relocate the parish from our previous location on Lafayette Street (see History) Completed in 2002 at a cost of $5,234,198, this 46,600 sqft facility includes our Chapel Center, which seats 550; two folding walls open to Corry Hall (cafeteria) and the Side Room to increase capacity to 999.
Our Education Facility provides room for our ongoing ministries which include St. Joseph School (3 years - 8th Grade), Religious Education & Formation for children, youth and adults, Praise and Worship, Adoration, fraternal groups, Fundraising events and much more! There's always something going on...
The Norm and Caroline DeBriyn Center was conceived in response to the parish's growth from 1100 families in 2002 to 1625 by 2009 which dictated the need for more meeting space and a larger gathering space. Budgeted at $3,000,000, this 20,780 sqft Center provides a dynamic and flexible space for parish activities–social, educational, and spiritual–for all members of our church community, as well as enhance the scope and variety of the educational experiences for our school students.
he DeBriyn Center houses our Art and Music rooms, four (4) Meeting/ Classrooms, Offices, a catering/ serving area, Lobby and an Activity Center for sports (basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, PE, etc) and receptions/large gatherings.
Groundbreaking on April 4, 2011! This is our second Hight-Jackson Associates, PA of Rogers building. Commerce Construction completed the building which Bishop Anthony Taylor dedicated on February 21, 2012 For information please contact Paul Warren
The Norm and Caroline DeBriyn Family Life Center is COMPLETE!
We received our Certificate of Occupancy from the City of Fayetteville.
MAY GOD BLESS EACH AND ALL
Who So Generously Helped Build the
Norm & Caroline DeBriyn Activity Center.
This Center Is A Reality Because of You. May All Who Use This Space Remember You in their Prayers, Sportsmanship and Fellowship, and
GIVE GLORY TO GOD
Watch to see the 'construction in action'! :
Natural Playground Project Design Layout
Our playgrounds have been developing over time, primarily through the St. Joseph School PTO. Our current project is a 'natural' playground in the lower play area.
"...in these kinds of places the experience of the natural world becomes an intrinsic part of the child who experiences it...naturalistic elements can be woven together to create a variety of physical and mental challenges while at the same time giving children the experience of immersion in the natural world."
David Slawson, Childrens' Adventure Garden, Garvan Gardens, Hot Springs.
While designing the Children's Adventure Garden, a child development/environmental education expert from St. Paul, MN, came and gave input on what children really need. She said most playgrounds are, unfortunately, created out of an adult's often mistaken idea of what stimulates children to play (for example, the use of bright primary colors and plastic molded features such as dinosaurs), but in
Constructed for our younger children, this play area has developed over the years. In 2002, while the Chapel Center was under construction, the main equipment was placed. This caused some water issues, so a french drain was installed. A couple years later, the canopy was erected for shade. A few years more, and the concrete trike area was poured. Water continued to be an issue until 2008 when additional drains were installed and concrete was poured. In 2011 the geodome and a donated tike toy were added.
The parish owns the property to the east across the creek. Two Eagle Scout bridges cross the creek to the undeveloped 7 acres bounded by trees and covered in native grasses,