The Dominican friars at St. Vincent Ferrer Church and School in River Forest, Illinois have been serving our diverse Catholic community in the near west suburbs of Chicago for almost 80 years.
Our parish and school are thriving which has resulted in some enviable challenges. We have an abundance of parish groups and activities (Mens' Group, Young Adults, Youth, Bible Studies, Movie and Reflection Nights as well as public lectures from world-class Catholic Scholars) but limited space to host them.
Our largest public space on the campus is the underground (and undersized) Pine Room in the basement of the school gymnasium which has served as our major meeting hall and school lunchroom since its construction in 1942. It has not changed much since the 1960s.
In response to the needs of the parish and the school, and a desire to provide easy access to meeting spaces for everyone, we have begun work on a new building, the Fr. Michael Kyte Hall. Northern Builders, Inc., began construction on April 3, 2017, and the foundations are finished and concrete blocks are being laid. We hope to finish the project by October.
The new hall is dedicated to the memory of our late beloved associate pastor, Fr. Michael G. Kyte, OP . This structure will provide a modern lunchroom facility for our almost 300 students in the parish school as well as an attached gathering space immediately accessible from the from the church without having to venture outside into the elements of the Chicago summer and winter.
With event seating for 500 people, the space will be divisible into 3 smaller rooms for simultaneous meetings, groups and classes and will help ensure that the mission of St. Vincent Ferrer Church and School continue to thrive in the 21st century and beyond.
-have fond memories of St. Vincent Ferrer school
-have bad memories of lunch in the underground Pine Room
-knew Fr. Michael Kyte and wish to honor his memory
-want to ensure that St. Vincent Ferrer Church and School continue
mission of service and education
Then we invite you to make a contribution to the project.
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- Lawrence Fox
- Alice Vanko
- Christopher Seuffert
Organizer and beneficiary
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