Resurrection Parish grows to serve

On Sunday, January 7, Bishop John Noonan celebrated the blessing and dedication of the new parish offices, ministry center and Campisi Center at Resurrection Catholic Parish and School in Lakeland.

As a result of many generous contributions and the Alive in Christ campaign, ground was broken on May 18, 2016 and building commenced shortly thereafter. Straughn Trout Architects designed the 19,000 square feet campus expansion and remodel, and Henkelman Construction was selected to make it a reality. A new one-story building now includes fifteen offices, a counseling room, a conference room, a hospitality room, a nursery and more.

In addition, the parish hall was remodeled and expanded to include a formal banquet hall and renamed the Campisi Center in grateful recognition of the very generous gifts to this project from the Sal and Jean Campisi family.

Carol Ettensohn and her family have been parishioners of Resurrection Parish since 2000 and all three of her children attended Resurrection School. When she visited family in the area prior to moving to Lakeland, she watched the parish and school grow. Then after she heard her family was relocating, she insisted that it be close to Resurrection. “It was kind of emotional,” she said of the blessing and dedication. “We’ve been talking about this for at least 10 years and to see it all done is amazing. It will be well-loved.”

When Ettensohn arrived in 2000, the parish nursery was “a hike from the church,” she recalled. “Young families look for nurseries close by. Now we can also host events at our parish. There were a lot of things we used to have to say ‘No’ to because we didn’t have space. So, it’s going to be nice to offer that space for people who need it in the community.”

Resurrection Catholic Parish and School have over 2,000 families in the very active and vibrant community which also supports over eighty active ministries. Pastor Father Charles Viviano noted, “This is a most exciting, highly anticipated, and humbling step forward for us as a community of faith. We stand on the shoulders of those pastors, priests and parishioners who have gone before us in making this long-awaited dream a reality. It shows you what firm faith, determination, focus and most importantly, patience, can accomplish! My deepest appreciation to everyone who held on and to those who jumped on as we moved this project to completion. I am very happy for all of us here at Resurrection Catholic Church and School in beautiful Lakeland.”

By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Cathedral – January 11, 2018