Capital Campaign

Our Lasting Heritage — Interior Renovation Capital Campaign

Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Watercolor painting of the exterior of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Peru, Indiana“In every age Christians have sought to give expression to faith’s vision of the beauty and order of God’s creation, the nobility of our vocation as men and women made in his image and likeness, and the promise of a cosmos redeemed and transfigured by the grace of Christ. The artistic treasures which surround us are not simply impressive monuments of a distant past. Rather… they stand as a perennial witness to the Church’s unchanging faith in the Triune God who, in the memorable phrase of St. Augustine, is himself ‘Beauty ever ancient, ever new’.” ~Pope Benedict XVI

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church:

Photo of the exterior renovation in progress in 2009

St. Charles Borromeo exterior renovation 2009

Just a few years ago we celebrated the 150th Anniversary of our parish (established in 1860). In less than two years we will celebrate another anniversary, the 150th Anniversary of our church. For over ten years there has been much discussion about “Preserving God’s House for the Future” and with each passing day we’re getting closer to realizing this dream!

Our beautiful Gothic church was dedicated by Bishop Leurs on December 8, 1867 and has undergone numerous additions and renovations over the years. While the most recent exterior renovation took place just a few years ago, the interior has not under-gone any significant repairs since the 1970’s.

With the help of numerous committees, and most recently under the leadership of Fr. Eric Underwood, our parish is blessed to have a clear objective of the work that has been put off for far too long!

The success of the proposed interior renovation is of concern for all of us who love St. Charles Borromeo, who worship here, who have celebrated Sacraments here, who have shared in the life of this parish. Our church is a beautiful testimony to the faith we celebrate.

Please give your support to our capital campaign. Through it, we hope not only to renovate our church building but also more importantly to preserve “Our Lasting Heritage” for future generations!

Sincerely,

Rev. Adam G. Mauman


Estimated Construction Costs

Throughout the development of the approved renovation project, entheos architects obtained the input of its mechanical, electrical, and structural engineers, its acoustical and sound system consultants, as well as various contractors and fabricators. Based on their detailed cost opinion of the total construction costs, including scope contingency along with contractor overhead and profit, our goal is to raise $2,300,000.

We are excited to announce that along with the funds previously raised through the Bazaar and other donations ($125,000), some anonymous donors have pledged to match the first $1,000,000 that we raise towards our lofty goal. Given this blessing, the consensus of the Finance Council was to raise the balance of the goal ($1,175,000), without the help of a professional fundraising company. This allows our Bazaar profits to go directly towards our renovation project, rather than being paid to a professional fundraiser, and also allows us to begin the project sooner rather than later.

Please prayerfully consider the level of support you may give to “Our Lasting Heritage” and thank you in advance for your generous support. We hope to have 100% participation of our entire parish, because whether it’s for $20, $200, $2,000 or $200,000, your gift will make a difference to future generations!

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If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Interior Renovation Committee: Fr. Adam Mauman, Kip Chandler, Lisa Comerford, Nate Hagan, Diana Hand, Jim Tidd, or Max Weaver. If you need contact information for a member of the committee, please call the parish office.
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Let Us Pray

Sacred Heart of Jesus, inflame us with your love, protect us from fear and discouragement, and help us rebuild your church.
Most Holy Spirit, draw together your people, rebuild our parish and return us to the vigor of our youth.
St. Charles Borromeo, watch over us as we rebuild God’s Church, keep safe all who labor and guide those who direct their work.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, Father, in union with your Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

“Sacred architecture is a means for us to articulate the meaning of life for ourselves, our communities, future generations – and to honor God, because, though he does not need our worship nor our temples of stone, he deserves them. Our response to the cross is to return his love in our thoughts and deeds, by feeding the hungry, and also by building churches. When we come in contact with the Almighty, we stand on holy ground. Thanksgiving and worship cause us to set aside those places where God has made his presence known to his people: the holy mountain, the upper room, the tent in the wilderness, and the temple in the Holy City. While none of these places can contain the Deity, they offer witness to his benevolence and to his presence with us.”    ~ Duncan Sroik