Why Now at OLGC
The ability to provide the many services and ministries that make our community unique is increasingly hampered by failing, outdated systems and non-existent replacement parts for our aged buildings, particularly the HVAC systems and roof structures. Extraordinary pressure has been put on our infrastructure and the need for capital improvements is urgent and unavoidable. Phase 1 of the HVAC project is complete, and the execution of the remaining HVAC phases, roof replacement, and other campus improvements will ensure that our church and school remain a beacon of prayer, sacraments, faith-enriched learning and service in our community.
The Challenge We've Faced
The last capital campaign almost 23 years ago helped to finance the campus we know and love today, but the final project costs exceeded the original fundraising target due to unexpected expenses necessary to execute the work fully and properly. In addition, the economic downturn in 2001 negatively impacted some of our major donor pledges. Investments lost value overnight, and some donors had to step away from their prior pledge commitments. As a result, OLGC was forced to take a Diocesan loan to complete the project and was, in turn, saddled with debt service until the early months of Fr. Matt’s tenure as pastor in 2016. OLGC has maintained and extended the life span of our existing systems; however those systems are now obsolete or without repair options, and we must replace them.