Renovations to Good Shepherd Catholic Church have been completed.
Construction of a 26,000-square-foot addition began in August, and improvements include a gathering area, meeting rooms and classroom space.
The church, at 867 Grays Woods Blvd., now features a new parish hall that can seat up to 275 people and includes a commercial kitchen, according to a report from the builder, Alexander Building Construction.
The former parish hall is now a youth ministry room.
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“As we tour the newly completed Father Bender Center, we are dreaming dreams of and imagining all of the wonderful things that will be accomplished here,” Father Charlie Amershek said in a statement.
Other improvements in the $7.2 million project include an atrium, additional classrooms and restrooms, a library, expansion to the calming room, more conference rooms, increased administrative office space and upgraded mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
“It was my predecessor Father Philip Bender’s dream to expand, and I promised him that when I became pastor, I’d see that it got done,” Amershek said.
The addition has been named the Father Bender Community Center in honor of Bender, who died in 2011.