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Week of November 26, 2007
Donors pleased, even though seminary will be demolished
Family that gave $3M does not see its money going to waste
By LASHA MORNINGSTAR
"The faith community needs as much help as they can get."
- Clinton Sopchyshyn
"They definitely needed a library at that time," says Clinton, as well as the expansion to the seminary.
As well, he casts a pragmatic financial eye at the situation saying that he's "pretty sure" the archdiocese got more money from its sale of the Newman property because of the presence of new buildings.
When commended for the family's generosity, Clinton's reply is instantaneous and straightforward. "The faith community needs as much help as they can get."
Another donor, E. (Ben) Hochhausen said of the move, "It had to be done, simple as that. It seems a shame when we had a state of the art library and the seminary, but at the time they built it, there was sufficient space between the ring road."
Hochhausen who has been involved with Newman for "25 to 30 years" and his wife Mary donated bountiful endowments and 60,000 to 65,000 books to the library.
"My only hope is that the new buildings and everything about it is well under $42 million (the amount the archdiocese received from the government).
Ask Connie McBride about the move, and she says, "I don't feel badly about it at all."
As someone who has held numerous executive positions in the Catholic Women's League including provincial president, McBride has been involved in many fundraising ventures for the college and seminary from raising $85,000 for computers to $25,000 to upgrade the kitchen with new ovens, pans - "the nitty gritty things."
When the CWL women were told the seminary needed linens, they raised the money not only for the bedding, but for towels, shower curtains, lamps and crucifixes.
Some of what they gave can make the move. Some - such as the ovens - cannot.
"But we gave what was needed at the time," says McBride. "Who knew they would move in a few years?"
While sad to see the buildings go - "I took classes there and it has a great atmosphere" - she hopes the new college will "expand and make it even more a part of the community."
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