IHM unveils new Parish Life and Education Center
A dozen years after Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church relocated to Johnson Street, the IHM school has been moved to that property, too.
The school, formerly located at the corner of Montlieu and Barbee avenues, is being incorporated into IHM’s new Parish Life and Education Center, an approximately $10 million facility that will be unveiled and dedicated Sunday afternoon. Public tours of the facility will follow the ceremony.
“Our primary purpose was to put everything back on one campus, but after that our purpose is growth through outreach,” said Tom Yaudes, chairman of the dedication ceremony.
The move marks the culmination of a capital campaign that began five years ago to build a multipurpose facility designed to house the school and host parish activities. IHM broke ground on the facility in March 2012, and construction was completed about a month ago, according to Yaudes.
The 77,000-square-foot, LEED-certified facility will open Aug. 21 with classes in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
“It has a high school-sized gymnasium, and there is plenty of acreage for athletic endeavors, which we will tackle at a later date,” Yaudes said. “That means soccer fields, baseball diamonds, lacrosse and so on.”
The facility also features a 600-capacity fellowship hall with a commercial kitchen. According to Yaudes, it has been named St. Edward’s Fellowship Hall, in honor of the church’s original name, St. Edward’s Catholic Church.
There’s also a glistening, all-glass media center, equipped with state-of-the-art computers, that will be used for adult computer classes, Yaudes added.
Much of the furniture in the new facility has been donated by local furniture manufacturers, he said.
“It’s going to be a really nice facility,” Yaudes said. “The main focus of the entire campus complex is still the church, of course, but the Parish Life and Education Center is going to be a nice addition to that.”
As many as a thousand people are expected for Sunday’s dedication ceremony, he added.
Meanwhile, the former school property may be purchased by Guilford County Schools to help relieve overcrowding at High Point Central High School.
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The dedication ceremony for the new Parish Life and Education Center at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
The facility is located at 4145 Johnson St.
The ceremony will be held at the plaza in front of the school if weather permits, but will be held in the sanctuary if it rains.
Following the ceremony, tours of the new facility will be offered to the public.