2/24/2014 12:20:00 PM St. John Fisher embarking on master plan
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Kids play at St. John Fisher School.
The beginning of the New Year is also a new beginning for St. John Fisher School and Church because it marks the start of a new master plan. The last master plan was developed about 20 years ago. With the addition of Father Richard Thompson in 2012 and other parish staff, it is now time to revisit the long-term plan and determine what the parish and school community want to focus on in the coming years.
All parishioners, school parents, faculty and staff members were invited to be involved in parish visioning meetings led by Henry Fitzgibbon of Soderstrom Architects. Fitzgibbon is also an alumnus of St. John Fisher School, his children attended the school, and he was inspired to become an architect himself because he saw the church being built as a young elementary student. He has been a partner with Soderstrom Architects for almost 30 years and has worked on many church-related building projects during his career.
Fitzgibbon facilitated visioning meetings after each of the Masses during the weekends of Feb. 1-2, and Feb. 22-23. At the first meeting, parishioners were encouraged to give input about what can be done better to serve the various groups within the parish and school, and ideas to make faith life stronger.
Discussion included potential upgrades to the facilities. At the final meeting in late February, parishioners can comment on the proposal and speak up for their priorities.