St. Matthew Athletic Center breaks ground
Several years of setbacks and dramatic fundraising results culminated in a long-anticipated celebration Oct. 31 when Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, and pastor Father Dennis D’Arechiga, broke ground on the Vance Jackson property that will become the new athletic center at St. Matthew.
The project, scheduled for completion late next year, will feature a double gymnasium to accommodate dozens of CYO basketball and volleyball teams, meeting space to serve the ministries of St. Matthew, and a new roadway connection to alleviate traffic problems resulting from the recent Wurzbach Parkway opening.
“Today is more than just a groundbreaking ceremony, it is a witness that hope and perseverance is fully alive in our St. Matthew community,” said Capital Campaign Chairman Mike Martinez. “I was blessed to witness and see just how much faith, hope, and love lives in our St. Matthew church and school community.”
Dignitaries at the groundbreaking included San Antonio District 8 Councilman Manny Pelaez, Superintendent of Catholic Schools Marti West, and school Principal Alvin Caro.
Several longtime members of St. Matthew Parish and other community members contributed to the project to bring it to this phase. These include parishioner Ross Loeffler, vice president of general contractor Kopplow Construction, and parishioner Jack McClellan, architect for the project. Many other members of the community also played pivotal roles, including raising some $6 million pledged by more than 1,000 parishioners, school families, and parish organizations.