New church in Clonmel nearly enclosed; ready for interior work

The roof is on and the bricklaying is nearly complete on the new St. John the Evangelist Church in Clonmel. It will be ready for liturgies this summer. (Courtesy photo)

Those working on the interior of the church under construction at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Clonmel will soon be out of the winter wind.

Cassi FitzGerald, the Parish Life coordinator, said the bricklaying and roofing are currently underway. “Dondlinger Construction plans to have the building fully enclosed prior to winter weather when the majority of the work will focus on the interior,” she said in an email.

Work continues inside the church, she said. Much of the wall framing is complete, the choir loft concrete has been poured, and the domed apse at the center of the sanctuary has been framed by hand.

‘New’ organ ready to be installed

FitzGerald said the parish was recently informed that a used Schlicker organ was purchased for the new church. The dismantled organ was retrieved from Madison, Wisconsin, and is in storage until it can be reassembled and reconfigured to fit the new church.

Pipe organ curator and technician Luke Headley will oversee the assembly and tuning of the organ. He is a member of St. Joseph Parish in Wichita.

Work on the church is scheduled to be complete sometime in the summer after which it will be blessed by Bishop Carl A. Kemme.

Fr. Joseph Tatro is pastor there.