“I especially like the front entrance as it is warm and welcoming for Lauren (Flores) to greet our guests,” said Char Maaske, the diocese’s chief financial officer.
“The fresh paint and new carpet have been a huge improvement as we hadn’t put much money in the building for about a decade. The kitchen and dining room renovation make for a healthier environment for our resident priests and will allow us to serve meals for deacon and principal training sessions.”
Kent Ferris, the Davenport Diocese’s social action director, temporarily relocated his offices a couple of times to accommodate the renovation and said he learned valuable lessons in the process.
“I think that moving around before I came to rest here (in his new first-floor office) has enabled me to understand our operation better. I spent time in the Immigration Office; I got to see firsthand the people we serve and how our staff serves them. That was invaluable.”
Having more space for conference rooms is a big help and Ferris appreciates having The Catholic Messenger staff housed at the chancery.
“I have my own windows and I have my own office. That’s a great achievement,” said Sister Laura Goedken, OP, the diocese’s development director whose small office previously was attached to that of Msgr. John Hyland, the diocese’s vicar general. People had to go through her office to get to his. “I love my space,” she added.
“To me it looks much nicer … I like the colors. I feel good” about the changes, said Teodulo Castillo during a visit to the diocese’s Immigration Office.
He and his wife, Judith Castillo, have been clients for several years and have been able to observe the before-and-after look. Judith appreciates the new front parking lot, which is closer to the building than before. She likes the new lobby area and the building’s interior colors.
“It’s more open now. I like the light in here; I like the windows, too.”