Rain, wind, and cold temperatures could not keep almost 100 parishioners at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Kearney from breaking ground on their expansion and renovation project on Saturday, April 15, 2023.
The church is getting a new front door, so to speak, with the addition of the Narthex. It will serve as both a welcoming space for parishioners and visitors alike and play an essential role at different times during the church calendar.
"It's not a space that should equal the main nave and the sanctuary," said Project Architect Joe Kotulak from RDG Planning and Design. "But it is a space that should lead you into the next area. For example, certain Masses start in the Narthex as well as funerals and weddings."
Additionally, church offices will be relocated from the basement and parish hall to the main floor. The old church offices will be remodeled into additional classroom space. A preschool classroom will also be added to the basement.
"The lower level should be completed by the end of summer," said Prince of Peace Pastor Fr. Paul Colling. "The entire church property will be much more secure, which is a good thing for our students, visitors, and parishioners. I hate to say it, but we need more security in churches."
The project is $3.6 million and is scheduled to be completed by late April or early May 2024.
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