ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – June 22, 2010 – The groundbreaking for a new gymnasium-classroom “Wellness Center” at Our Lady of the Hamptons Regional Catholic School took place on Thursday, June 10 at 11 a.m. in Southampton, N.Y.
The Wellness Center is an 18,000 sq. ft. gymnasium-classroom extension to the existing school. The interior will be comprised of four classrooms, a connecting hallway and a regulation-size gymnasium.
The groundbreaking event began with an introduction to the school from Sister Kathryn Schuluester, CSJ, Principal, Our Lady of the Hamptons Regional School. Prayer was lead by Mr. Joseph Carroll, Esq, School Board President. The Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, presided over the groundbreaking.
A special music selection by the elite student chorus was featured singing “When You Believe” and “God Bless Us Everyone.” Students lined the perimeter of the Wellness Center with shovels signifying the groundbreaking. Bishop William Murphy and Sister Kathyn Schuluester were the first to break ground. Reverend Stanley Kondeja, pastor of Our Lady of Poland parish, Reverend Jeffrey Madley, pastor of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary parish, and Monsignor Dennis Regan, pastor of St. Rosalie’s parish came out in hardhats to help.
Dignitaries who attended include Jay Schneiderman, Country Legislator; Mark Epley, Southampton Village Mayor, Joseph Geoghan, Bishop’s Education Chairman; and Sr. Joanne Callahan, O.S.U., Superintendent of Schools, Diocese of Rockville Centre.
“This project started out as a simple idea to help our school meet the challenges of a complete education for our children,” said said Sister Kathryn Schlueter, CSJ, principal, Our Lady of the Hamptons. “It has grown into a wonderful journey joined by parents, grandparents, parishes and steered by a terrific visionary School Board.”
Currently, there is no sports field or a gymnasium. Students use the cafeteria as an auditorium and gymnasium. Our Lady of the Hamptons has had to bus its students to other facilities in order to play sports. The Wellness Center will encourage students to get active with a running track and basketball court.
About The Catholic Church of Long Island
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 133 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/08).
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