Holy Savior Parish begins construction of church, school

Bishop Carl A. Kemme blesses the cornerstone of a new Holy Savior Church Sunday, June 24, in Wichita. At right is Father Pat Malone, longtime pastor. (Advance photos)

$10 million project to take 16 months
Bishop Carl A. Kemme blessed the cornerstone of a new Holy Savior Church after the 10 a.m. Mass Sunday, June 24.
The prayers of parishioners and visitors were answered when a predicted rainstorm became a gentle sprinkle, much like the holy water Bishop Kemme used to bless the land at 13th and Chautauqua in Wichita.
The school, for children in grades pre-kindergarten through eight, will cover about 28,000 square feet. Construction for the project is expected to take about 16 months and is projected to be finished sometime toward the end of 2019.
The parish hopes to be able to have the school ready by August, in time for the 2019-2020 school year. The school will continue to operate at its existing site, 4640 E. 15th St. N., until the project is complete.
In the transition, the church and church offices will relocate to the historic St. Peter Claver campus at 1209 N. Indiana.
The ground breaking comes nearly three years after Holy Savior started its capital campaign, A New Hope, A New Home: Built of Living Stones. The project includes a church with seating for more than 500 people, a gathering area, and a community room – in total about 19,500 square feet. The estimated construction cost for the project is $10 million.
“After more than 20 years of hoping, planning, and prayer, Holy Savior Parish is about to begin construction on our Built of Living Stones project,” said Father James J. Billinger, pastor of Holy Savior.
“We have arrived at this point because of the love, prayers and support of so many, including our courageous parishioners, thoughtful benefactors, the Catholic Diocese of Wichita and the City of Wichita.”
The architect for the project is Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey. Simpson Construction is the contractor.

Bishop Carl A. Kemme lifts high the spade with other dignitaries during a ground breaking ceremony Sunday, June 24, at Holy Savior Parish in Wichita.
An image of the new church is carried with a processional cross to the blessing site after a morning Mass.
An artist rendering of the exterior of the new Holy Savior church and complex. (Courtesy Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture)
A rendering of the interior of the new Holy Savior church and complex. (Courtesy Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture)