GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Beloved Disciple Parish is well on its way toward raising enough funds to build a new church.
Monsignor Edward Zeitler said how that has happened "is kind of a mystery."
There was some resistance initially to the fund drive, the monsignor said.
Under an ongoing diocesan capital stewardship campaign, "Celebrating Yesterday, Creating Tomorrow," Beloved Disciple was to raise $233,000.
Amount raised: The church, however, has raised almost $1.1 million toward the estimated $1.9 million construction cost. The fund-raising is part of a three-year pledge drive.
Construction is tentatively set to begin in 18 to 24 months.
Beloved Disciple has 662 member families and needs more room. Monsignor Zeitler said the 1926 church is downtown, which would make expansion difficult.
The diocese is working with consultant RSI Ketchum during the pledge drive to mark the diocese's 150th anniversary in 2003. Beloved Disciple met with company representatives before launching its drive.
Monsignor Zeitler said, "It's an excellent company."
Contributions: Stewardship was discussed in church on four consecutive Sundays, and an advance pledge campaign was conducted. Despite the initial reservations, four events raised $500,000 of the total from 41 individuals, the monsignor said.
The Grove City Council of the Knights of Columbus donated 10 acres next to its building on Route 208 in Pine Township for the new church.
The monsignor said plans call for a walkway toconnect the church and the Knights of Columbus hall so the church can use it for social events.
The rest of the money is expected to come in during the campaign.
"I think we'll see a good response," the monsignor said.
No decision has been made on what will happen to the current church once the new building is finished.