|Dear SBCA Community,|
Please read a note below from the President of our Board of Trustees, Dan Bachiochi, about our capital campaign.
|May 2, 2022|
Dear friends of Saint Benedict’s,
Happy Easter! Christ is risen. He is truly risen!
At the triumphant return of our annual gala a few weeks ago, we announced the launch of our capital campaign: All Things New. The campaign will enable us to build Phase I of the permanent home for St. Benedict Classical Academy. Phase I will allow Saint Benedict’s to operate with more than our current population of students in a single location, on the spectacular Winona Farm property. Since the school will grow to 230 students across four separate campuses next year — with trends indicating that demand for growth will continue — this physical expansion is urgently needed for our community.
At the Gala we shared the exciting news that we have already raised 73% of the Phase I goal of 8.8 million dollars! Almost all of that is already in hand with a small portion in pledges. This amazing success is in large part due to those in our community who stepped up to make leadership gifts. We are so grateful for those of you who have provided this leadership. Thank you!
Currently, the additional amount needed to complete Phase I of our master plan is $3.8M. We do expect to have to adjust this number due to inflation.
Figure 1: Architectural rendering of Phase I
Future phases of the master plan include adding additional classrooms to support significantly more students, building a beautiful chapel in which the entire student body can worship, and erecting additional structures to expand school offerings.
Figure 2: Watercolor rendering of the sanctuary and altar of the chapel
Figure 3: Watercolor rendering of the chapel interior
Figure 4: Rendering of the main building (with chapel) from the Master Plan
Besides raising a substantial portion of the funds necessary, the St. Benedict’s Board has been hard at work securing various permits from the Town of Natick, garnering support from our neighbors, and working with Harrison Designs on the detailed plans for Phase I as well as the remainder of the Master Plan.
The Board is forging ahead with our goal to break ground for construction either this fall or in the Spring of 2023. Our dream is that we would begin the 2024-25 school year in this new building. At this juncture, however, this schedule depends on you.
To make this a reality we need your support. We will need your continued prayers, first and foremost, but we also need you each to do all you can financially to support the mission of the school — and to invite others to support this endeavor too. The Capital Campaign committee would love to hear from you if you know people who may be able to help us; please reach out to our Capital Campaign Chairman, John DeMatteo, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It becomes more and more clear every day that the mission of St. Benedict’s, and other schools like it, is not only critical for our own children’s flourishing — but for the very survival of Western Civilization. We are not alone in this struggle; we have many fellow travelers on this path. Let us continue to lead by building a physical manifestation of what we are about: the good, the true, and the beautiful. Let’s do our part in making All Things New!
St. Benedict Classical Academy Board President and Founding Parent
Figure 5: Architectural rendering of the master plan, including foundational footprint for future academic buildings