St. Peter Catholic Church in Greenville dedicated its new Spiritual Life Center, Sunday, March 14, following a Vigil prayer service with Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge presiding. The new facility is a 15,400 square foot, two story building attached to the Church. It features a gathering area that can seat 450, a fully equipped kitchen suitable for in-house catering, meeting rooms for its ministries and clubs, a music room, nursery, and space and storage for its ministry to the poor.
Father Justin Kerber, CP, VF, Pastor of St. Peter, thanked the parish community for its support of the project, expressing special gratitude to the Capital Campaign Committee and to the Building Committee. Bishop Burbidge cited three reasons for the success of the project; a gracious God, a generous faith community and the leadership of Father Kerber.
Present for the dedication was former Pastor, Fr. Joe Jones, CP, who is currently Provincial of the Eastern Province of the Passionist Order. He noted how the Passionists have had a presence in North Carolina since 1925, with 20 Passionists serving in pastoral ministry over the years, not only in Greenville but also East Carolina University, Tarboro and Farmville.
Among the local dignitaries present for the dedication were Greenville Mayor Pat Dunn and First District Congressman Walter Jones.
The Spiritual Life Center is the second building Bishop Burbidge dedicated in the last two weeks. Currently, there are 18 building projects either in the planning, design or construction phase, totaling $65 million. Since 1992, at any one time in the Diocese, there has been approximately $40 million worth of construction underway.
Above: St. Peter Catholic Church Spiritual Life Center dedicated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge on March 14.
Above: Bishop Burbidge at blessing of new facility with Mr. Gerard Hall, Director of the Diocesan Office of Worship; Father Justin Kerber, CP; and Father Edward Wolanski, CP, Parochial Vicar.
Above: Bishop Burbidge blessing the 15,400 square foot Center that will provide a large gathering area for parish functions and meeting rooms.
Above: Former Pastor and current Passionist Provincial Fr. Joe Jones, CP, with St. Peter Parishioners.