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Archbishop Rodi blesses new community center in Selma

Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi blessed the new Edmundite Missions’ Dr. Michael and Catherine Bullock Community and Recreation Center on Nov. 5 in Selma. )Photo courtesy of Lynn Monty/Society of Saint Edmund)

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Lynn Monty/Society of Saint Edmund

and Joe O’Quinn/Edmundite Missions

SELMA —  Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi joined The Society of Saint Edmund in Selma on Nov. 5 and blessed the new $3.2 million Edmundite Missions’ Dr. Michael and Catherine Bullock Community and Recreation Center.

This state-of-the-art facility is near their Bosco Nutrition Center on Broad Street, where more than a 1,000 meals are served daily. The Edmundites have served the poor in the area for more than 80 years. The new center, slated to be in full operation in January, will provide a safe place for neighbors to come together. It is equipped with a computer lab, gym, classrooms and a regulation size basketball court.

Just like the rooms in the center itself, the center has many goals. The two most important are to be a place where the community can come together and provide a place for the Missions to identify those who may be in need of more of their services.

Chad McEachern, president and CEO of the Edmundite Missions, was excited about the dedication and the opening of the facility.

“This Center is going to serve as a beacon for the Missions, providing a safe place for all our neighbors to come together. Once folks are involved in our programs, it’ll be even easier for us to identify other services that might help build them up towards self-reliance. As I always say about Bosco, it’s not just about one kind of hunger. This will be a place to satisfy the hunger of our neighbors for a safe place to come together as a community.”

Archbishop Rodi added: “This is not only a beautiful facility, it’s a much needed facility. We need something in Selma where young people will be able to have wholesome activities and be able to encounter good role models, and that’s what this facility will bring about.”

 

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