On August 10, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge dedicated a new activity center located on the campus of John Paul II Catholic School in Southern Pines. Reverend Andrew McNair, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Monsignor Stephen C. Worsley, director of Missionary Outreach at St. Joseph of the Pines, and John J. Donohue, III, school principal, were present as well as donors, benefactors and school families.
After the Rite of Dedication, Bishop Burbidge traveled throughout the multi-purpose building, which includes a gymnasium, auditorium, gathering hall and commercial kitchen. He blessed the walls with holy water.
In 2012, a fundraising campaign to build the activity center was launched in conjunction with the diocesan-wide Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral Campaign. St. Anthony’s Parish and St. John Paul II School raised about $2 million dollars. Nearly $645,000 was donated to the Cathedral Campaign, and the remaining $1,300,000 built the activity center, named the Tru-Legacy Center, without loans.
The Tru-Legacy Center was named by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hoskins, who were major donors on the project. Mr. Hoskins passed away in March, just prior to the completion of the building. The name incorporates two companies that Mr. Hoskins founded and are now run by his children.
The capacity of the Tru-Legacy Center is more than 800. There is an NCAA-sized basketball and volleyball court and bleachers that seat around 220 people. St. John Paul is a Pre-K - 8th grade school with about 210 students. St. Anthony of Padua parish serves more than 1,100 families throughout Moore County.
"Everyone is very excited about the opportunities such a space can afford the school and parish community," Donohue said. "This will allow the school to add basketball and volleyball teams to its expanding athletic program." The school also plans to use the space for weekly Mass, daily morning assembly, lunch, PE classes and drama productions.
“We have been blessed with so much generosity throughout this campaign,” Deb Lawson, development director and campaign coordinator, said. “We are so grateful to the many members of our community who have given of their time, treasure and talent to make this a reality for our school and parish.”