Yvonne Anne Adams Life Center completes Vision 2012 project

MORGAN CITY, La. — With the dedication Wednesday of the Yvonne Anne Adams Life Center, the Vision 2012 project of the Holy Cross community is complete.

Vision 2012 is a joint effort between Holy Cross Catholic Church, Holy Cross Elementary School and Central Catholic High School that funded and constructed, beginning in March 2011, a classroom/library building, gymnasium and the life center.

The project raised $10.5 million to fund the various projects, according to program chairman Burt Adams.

Yvonne Adams was chosen for the dedication because of her “lifelong commitment to supporting the needs and perpetuating the principles of our Catholic community,” Burt Adams said.

The Life Center, where Aidan Hall previously was located, began construction in June 2012 and was completed in July.

The first priority was a comprehensive library and six classrooms.

Holy Cross Elementary School Principal and Building Committee Vice-Chair Mamie Bergeron said, “A new state-of-the-art comprehensive library, complete with media center and technology labs, serving both Holy Cross Elementary School and Central Catholic High School (was) needed to enhance the student learning environment. In addition, six classrooms (were) needed to serve our student population.”

A competitive gymnasium was the group’s second priority.

Central Catholic High School Principal and Vision 2012 Executive Committee member Vic Bonnaffee said, “The new competitive gymnasium serves Central Catholic High School and is available to Holy Cross Elementary School.”

The previous gymnasium was constructed in 1972 when Central Catholic High School had only five boys’ sports.

The final priority was the spiritual life center.

Holy Cross Catholic Church pastor and Vision 2012 Executive Committee member, the Rev. Danny Poche, said at the time the project was launched, “The time has come to fulfill the need for a Life Center to serve Holy Cross Catholic Church, Holy Cross Elementary School and Central Catholic High School. Our Life Center will be utilized for many activities, including but not limited to ministry gatherings, celebrations and senior citizens’ events. Religion and CCD classes, youth ministries, parish and school meetings, school assemblies, pageants, drama club productions, graduations, fine arts presentations and concerts.”

In 1893, five Marianite sisters established Catholic education in the community.

In 1957, growth prompted the school to relocate to its present location. With the increase in population, Holy Cross Catholic Church parish was formed in 1964.

Together the church and schools employ a staff of 76 faculty, administrative and support personnel with a student population of approximately 600.

The Holy Cross community serves people from a broad area; it encompasses 12 surrounding communities, 10 church parishes, five state parishes and three church dioceses.

Poche said, “The current facilities have served our Holy Cross community very well over the past 50 years. These new facilities are much needed in order to help us to continue with our mission of faith formation and education over the next 50 years.”

Numerous individuals came together to make the project a reality.

Poche’, Bonnaffee, Burt Adams and Dwayne Barbier served on the executive committee. Division chairs were Joe Sanford, Gerrie Byrne and Bill and Judy Hidalgo. Building Committee co-chairs were Burt Adams and Grant Pecoraro, while the Life Center chair was Gerard Byrne.

Major donors were Al and Shelly Adams, Burt and Jodi Adams, Red and Yvonne Adams, Charlie and Joan Garber, Bill and Judy Hidalgo, R.E. “Bob” Miller, Steve and Lisa Orlando, the Ed Patterson family, and Joe and Gina Sanford.

The Life Center Committee included Gerard Byrne, Peggy Acosta, Steve Bergeron, Kenneth Duval and Nathalie Weber.

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