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St. Matthew Church Dedicates New Building

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The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Holy Mass Sunday, February 28, for the parish community of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Durham. Following the Mass, Bishop Burbidge blessed the newly constructed Parish Center, which culminated two years of planning and fundraising. The 6,000 square foot Center will meet the needs of this growing Northern Durham community, by providing office, meeting and social gathering space to its members.

With a land donation from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Durham in 1990, St. Matthew Catholic Church has been steadily growing from its 100 founding families to 450 families, highlighted by its diverse mix of Anglos, Hispanics, Vietnamese and Filipinos. It is also one of the few Diocesan parishes to have a cemetery, Saint Matthew Catholic Cemetery, which was established in 1997.

Among those present at the Mass and Dedication were St. Matthew’s Pastor, Fr. Robert W. Diegelman; Fr. Robert Benko, OFM Conv., Dean of the Piedmont Deanery; and Msgr. D. Roberto Keenan.

Above: New Parish Center at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Durham.

Below: Parishioners gathered for dedication by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge following celebration of Mass.