The Catholic Commentator 

“It’s been wonderful,” said Mary Dawson, director of development and communications at St. Aloysius Church in Baton Rouge.  

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Father Randy Cuevas, pastor of St. Aloysius Church in Baton Rouge, blesses one of the 18 offices in the Pastoral Services Center. The building also has two conference rooms, an employee break room and a workroom.  Photo by Bonny Van | The Catholic Commentator 

 

That was her first response when asked what it’s like to work in the new Pastoral Services Center on the church campus. “In the past, the church staff had to work in three different locations on the church grounds, so it’s been wonderful for us all to be housed in one building. It’s so much more collaborative,” she said.  

After Mass on Jan. 21, parishioners and staff at St. Aloysius followed pastor Father Randy Cuevas for the short walk from the church, across the parking lot to the front of the new building for the blessing of the facility.  

According to Father Cuevas, the first church office for St. Aloysius was built in the mid-1970s but eventually the staff outgrew the building and moved into the original convent of the Daughters of Jesus, who in turn took over the smaller office building. More remodeling and moves into multiple buildings continued over the years to accommodate the growing church to the point that “an off-campus residence in the neighborhood became the rectory.”  

After prayers and petitions, Father Cuevas, parochial vicar Father Eddie Martin and Deacon Chauvin Wilkinson walked through the 9,958-square foot-administration building, blessing each of the offices with holy water. They were followed by parishioners, eager to see the new
space.  

“With the completion of our new Pastoral Services center, church staff are finally under one roof again, in a building specifically designed to better serve the pastoral needs of our parishioners and visitors, and enable our staff to efficiently and effectively function, communicate and coordinate the 25 ministries in which our parishioners are actively engaged,” said Father Cuevas.  

St. Aloysius parishioner Bryan Jones, one of three co-chairs of the church’s capital campaign committee, said the new building is part of several structures planned for the campus. A new childcare center has already been completed.  

“We have several other buildings planned that are in various stages of development right now including a new parish hall that will serve as a venue for large wedding receptions and larger functions that many parishioners have longed to see at St. Aloysius,” said Jones.  

Tricia Greeley, director of children formation, stood in the doorway of her new spacious office and greeted visitors. 

Her room with a view, a large window behind her desk, is located adjacent to the childcare center, allowing her to “hear the children playing in the yard.”  

“I think it’s very welcoming,” she said of the new offices. “It allows people to come in and sit and visit. It’s new, it’s fresh, it’s clean and a gift from God.”