More Than a Hole in the Ground!

Current Progress:

  • Placement of Exterior Sheathing Felt is Ongoing
  • Window & Door Installation is Complete
  • Drywall: 5% complete
  • Masonry: 20% complete
  • Mechanical Ductwork: 50% Complete
  • Plumbing Rough In: 80% Complete
  • Electrical Rough In: 40% complete

Next 30 Days:

  • Roofing: Asphalt Shingle Installation
  • Fire Protection: Begin Sprinkler Installation

“I expected to see a hole in the ground…”

That’s the comment we hear from many visiting friars. But with the imposing, noble front of the Priory before us, our progress and our progress reports become daily more exciting!

Work on the Priory continues but the pace has dramatically accelerated! Every single day, there are exciting new developments. Now that the building is entirely closed in, the work on the interior changes daily. Plumbing (eighty per cent), electrical (forty per cent) and HVAC (heating and air conditioning – fifty per cent) are moving along. Drywall installation has begun. A crowning moment occurred on April 17 with the installation of the cross on the Chapel roof.

Window and door installation is complete. The plywood on the roof is entirely installed. With these two significant landmarks, we will have a Dry-In Ceremony on May 11 to celebrate. Fr. Brian Mulcahy, Prior Provincial and Fr. Dominic Izzo, OP will join Fr. Luke Clark, Fr. Joseph Scordo and Fr. Stephen Alcott for this event. At the Dry In, we will celebrate along with all the construction and architectural representatives who have worked so hard to make this dream a reality.

The exterior brickwork began this month and is coming along nicely, with about twenty percent complete.

Every day we thank God for the blessings on our Priory, for the construction workers on site and for our many donors who continue to contribute so generously to this important project. We still have $2.1 million to raise. We trust, with God’s grace and the help of so many good people, that we will meet our goals!


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