A New Catholic School for Bettendorf
After conducting a planning study last fall, our parishes have been working together with diocesan leadership to set a course for action that will transform the Catholic landscape in our region. Our long-range vision is to build a new school and church at the northwest corner of Hopewell Avenue and Criswell Street and eventually seeing Our Lady of Lourdes and St. John Vianney becoming one parish.
To turn this vision into reality, we are pleased to launch our One Faith – One Family – One Future Capital Campaign, which will provide the funds needed to meet our individual parish commitments to our diocesan Upon This Rock Campaign and build a new Catholic education center to serve and grow the Bettendorf Catholic community.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for our faith community. You are truly the Master Builder.
You provide for all our needs, and we trust in Your goodness.
Christ Jesus, You are the firm foundation on which we build, the hope that does not disappoint.
Our community needs Your grace to thrive and grow.
Holy Spirit, we ask for Your wisdom and guidance as we work to construct our new school.
May it be a place where students flourish as they come to know, love and serve Christ and His Church.
Gracious God, as we journey in faith toward our future, help us continue to work as one family united in heart and mind.
Grant us the courage to lead and to be faithful stewards, so that our school can be a wellspring of faith and hope for generations to come.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Land for Our Future Home: $2.1 Million
Our Lady of Lourdes and St. John Vianney purchased 65 acres at the northwest corner of Criswell Street and Hopewell Avenue—the site for our future church home. A down payment of $2.2 million was made possible by combining funds from an estate gift with cash reserves that our parishes set aside for this purpose. The remaining $2,000,000 is financed—a debt incurring interest that we hope to retire in the campaign.
New Catholic Education Center: $35 Million
A new 73,800 sq. ft. Catholic education center, constructed on 30 of 60 acres purchased at the northwest corner of Criswell Street and Hopewell Avenue, will serve as a launching pad for evangelization in our community. The new facility will provide parents a faith-based choice for education that is built on a strong foundation of Catholic faith and values.
- Modern classrooms, technology, and other educational and activity spaces will enhance the learning experience for students, providing them the best possible environment in which to learn and grow.
- State-of-the-art classrooms—two each for grades K-6th and one each for grades 7 & 8—will be housed within a two-story, accessible building designed for safety, collaborative learning and future growth.
- A high-school-sized gymnasium with bleacher seating for 360 will provide students and our community ample space for physical activity during the school day, extracurricular sports and a variety of school and parish events.
- Curriculum support spaces for STEM, the arts, small groups and collaboration will help ensure students are well equipped to meet the challenges of the future and succeed in life.
- A conference room and offices for the principal, counselor and school nurse will be together in a separate administrative area with a reception lobby and secure entry.
- A combined chapel/commons area with a kitchen will provide both ample cafeteria space and room to accommodate all-school masses and other large group events.
- A separate wing with a separate entrance will house three pre-K classrooms and five childcare classrooms to provide this desperately needed resource to young families.
Our UPON This ROCK Commitment: $3.2 million
Every parish in the Davenport Diocese is participating in the Upon This Rock Capital Campaign. By fulfilling our joint obligation, we will provide:
- Health care and retirement costs for priests:
The Priests’ Aid Society’s fund is healthy, but it won’t be able to keep up with the wave of priest retirements that is coming over the next 10 years. The Priests’ Aid Society also covers health care costs for diocesan priests, and those costs are growing, too.
- Seminarian education and formation:
The fund for this purpose is diminishing, and this is a need that we hope will grow! That would mean we have more seminarians who can be a foundation for the future of our diocese.
“The generations before us and, in many instances, our ancestors built our current schools and church buildings, and they sacrificed immensely to do so. Now it’s our opportunity to live up to the example they set for us many years ago.”
Joe & Sandy Steinke
“We feel blessed and grateful to be part of this incredible mission to grow Catholic faith and education in Bettendorf. It is truly an honor to work with our brothers and sisters in Christ at St. John Vianney.”
Mike & Joanie Vonderhaar
“We were blessed to have had all four of our children attend Lourdes and Assumption, and we believe in the mission of providing current and future families in the Bettendorf area this same opportunity. We are so pleased that the parishes in this community are working together to build a state-of-the-art facility to provide families with a high level, faith-based education.”
Andrea Sue & Brad Boeye
“Children are the future of our church and our community. We can’t think of a better way to grow the Catholic church and this community than with a new state-of-the-art school in Bettendorf that offers all children a faith-based Catholic education.”
Nick & Jessica Palczynski
“We are passionate about the future of the Catholic faith and the values and morals it instills in our children. A new Catholic school will be a powerful presence in the community and support our children’s growth in their faith.”
Bishop Thomas Zinkula
Diocese of Davenport
“Witnessing your two parishes – St. John Vianney and Our Lady of Lourdes – come together to plan and build for the future brings me great joy! I sense the movement of the Holy Spirit when I think and pray about your joint adventure and what it means for the Bettendorf Catholic community.”