Central Catholic Jr.-Sr. High School has recently introduced a new addition to its campus - the Gernhardt Family Spiritual Plaza. This remarkable space promises to provide students, faculty, and visitors with a serene retreat for reflection, prayer, and contemplation.
The Spiritual Plaza, which has been in development for the past three years, was officially unveiled during a special ceremony attended by Bishop Doherty, Father William Summerlin, students, teachers, alumni, and community members on September 8. The event celebrated not only the physical space but also the school's commitment to nurturing the spiritual well-being of its students.
The Spiritual Plaza is designed to be a tranquil space amidst the hustle and bustle of school life. It features a new front sign, landscaping, and The Hack Family Circle of Faith including the 10 Commandments and seating.
One of the most important pieces of the Plaza is the new historical marker dedicated to Mary T. Klinker '65. Mary T. Klinker, a nurse during the Vietnam War, was killed during Operation Babylift in a plane crash. Thank you to the Daughters of the American Revolution who helped spearhead this important memorial to one of our alumni. This marker will serve as a reminder to our students about the importance of service and dedication to one's country and vocation.
The walkway to the school includes the words: Spiritual, Physical, Academic, and Social--the four pillars of Catholic education that reflect the values and principles that Central Catholic Jr.-Sr. High School has upheld since its inception.
Trees have been planted to grow along the walkway, and many have been marked in memory of important students in LCSS' history.
Bishop Doherty blessed the space, and he remarked “Don’t be surprised to find me out here reading a book someday, while everybody else is in there working."
LCSS President, Mike Seeley, emphasized the importance of creating an environment that reflects LCSS’ mission. He said, “This project not only replaces the previous front sign but is a comprehensive transformation that reflects our Catholic faith, our enduring values, and our commitment to a thriving school community.”
The creation of the Spiritual Plaza was made possible through generous donations from alumni, parents, and community members who share the school's vision for holistic education. Their contributions have not only transformed the campus but have also enriched the spiritual lives of current and future students. Thank you especially to the many volunteers who helped see this project through to completion, and to the Gernhardt Family for their special contributions.
In an era where the pressures of academic and social life can be overwhelming, Central Catholic Jr.-Sr. High School's new Spiritual Plaza stands as a beacon of hope and a reminder of the enduring importance of faith and reflection in our lives. It represents a place where students can find strength, solace, and inspiration, fostering a deeper sense of purpose and connection.
As this space becomes an integral part of campus life, Central Catholic Jr.-Sr. High School continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing students with the tools they need to navigate both the challenges and joys of their educational journey. The Spiritual Plaza is more than just a physical space; it's a symbol of the school's enduring dedication to the growth and well-being of its students and the community it serves.