We plan to be in the new church building on Ash Wednesday, March 1.
Some new photos from parishioner Jaymie Perry are now available!
Founded in April 2007, St. Luke University Parish hoped to build a church on the corner of 60th Avenue and Lake Michigan Drive in Allendale. After becoming the Bishop of Grand Rapids in June 2013, Bishop Walkowiak realized that the original site was not the best location for a university parish (it is over 2 miles from campus). In February 2015 property adjacent to the south end of campus became available and the diocese signed a letter of intent to purchase. On July 31, 2015 property on the east side of 42nd Avenue, across from the Campus View Cottages, was purchased.
This new location, officially 10144 42nd Ave. Georgetown Township, is just south of the GVSU water tower and will offer a major increase in convenience for GVSU students.
In March the site began to be excavated. By June the church and rectory were starting to take shape. The roof was completed in September you could start to see how it was going to look. The property was blessed in early October. The last Mass at 6163 Lake Michigan Drive was celebrated on Nov. 27. We have moved to temporary spaces.
On December 8, the installation of all the glass on the west wall was completed. The building is now sealed from the weather.
August - November Fr. Brad and Fr. Chuck met regularly with the architects and general contractor to update the plan for the new church. The first of two information meetings was held on campus on Nov. 17.
December The second of the information meetings was held on Dec. 1 at the parish center. Various permits are in the application process. A contract for excavation and site prepartion has been signed.
Check back for updates about the new property; capital campaign; as building goes up.