Planning study results released in Bettendorf

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By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger

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BETTENDORF — The results are in, following a feasibility study on a proposed new school and church building for the relocation of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.

Father Jason Crossen, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, and Father Rich Adam, pastor of St. John Vianney, said they were not surprised by the survey’s results, presented by the Steier Group. They shared the information Oct. 27 at a gathering of the two parish councils and Lourdes Catholic School Board of Education.

“We learned that there is significant support in the community for constructing a new school in northeast Bettendorf, but that many questions remain regarding our long-term vision for Our Lady of Lourdes and St. John Vianney,” the pastors said. “We received wonderful responses from both parishes.”

The feasibility study conducted by the Steier Group, the Omaha-based consulting firm, included in-person interviews and surveys of parishioners from both parishes. Based

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on the feedback, the pastors identified these next steps:

• Develop a clear plan with the Diocese of Davenport to alleviate the ambiguity surrounding the future relationship of the two parishes in service to the Catholic faithful in Bettendorf.

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• Set aside plans for a new church building and work with the architect to revise the plans for the school to make the project and the fundraising goals financially feasible.

• Partner with the Steier Group and begin the preparation phase for a capital campaign for the effort.

A significant amount of data requires examination to determine some specific goals to move forward. “We are planning a 15-month campaign time framework, most of which will become more prevalent in the spring of 2023,” Father Crossen said.


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