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We invite you to a very special day in St. Bede history as we celebrate the completion of the Perino Science Center and Phase Two of the Legacy Project!
Blessing, Dedication and Open House of the Perino Science Center
Date: Sunday, August 19, 2018
Time: 2:30 Celebratory Mass - Abbey Church
Immediately following mass: Blessing, Dedication and Open House.
This is a momentous occasion for St. Bede Academy!
Show your Bruin pride and join us for this exciting event.
Bruins and Friends -
SUCCESS! After many years and earnest attempts, Saint Bede Academy has built an amazing addition to our campus and curriculum. We now have a state-of-the-art 17,500 square foot Science Center – and a distinctive, engaging Student Commons. This is an impactful accomplishment and shining example of our bright future. The building has been fully funded by gifts and pledges. Many passionate, generous graduates and supporters made this a reality, coupled with outstanding work by our faculty, architect and construction partners. Bravo and thank you all! We are especially grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Angelo Perino ’80, for their tremendous financial support and decades of service to Saint Bede Academy.
The Perino Science Center is getting rave reviews. Please enjoy these pictures of the building and check out our website for more photos. Better yet, take a tour of it at Homecoming this year. Homecoming is a lot of fun…be a part of it! We are engaging the families of future Bruins, and college Admissions offices, to make them aware of our investment in the sciences. On a personal note, it makes me smile to think of how much Fr. Bernard, Fr. Eugene, Fr. Kevin et. al would enjoy teaching in the new laboratories. However, the openness and natural lighting of the classrooms would make unsanctioned experiments and hijinks difficult to conceal.
Since the inception of the Legacy Project, we have raised over $7.25 million to complete two of four phases. More investments are absolutely necessary to modernize our facilities to continue our college preparatory mission. Alumni, Academy leaders and friends are discussing the priorities for Phase 3. Projects for athletics and the main school building are being assessed. We will announce our plans for Phase 3 at Homecoming.
I want to be clear about how the remaining construction and renovation projects will be funded. The Legacy Project has followed proven capital campaign practices to deliver results. Accordingly, most donations to date have been “major” gifts. The remaining improvements will be funded by a few more major gifts and hundreds of one-time gifts and multi-year pledges. We hope that in the near future, teams of alumni and friends will contact you to explain the soon to be determined next phase of our Legacy Project.
Those alumni teams will solicit gifts from all or most of the Saint Bede family. We have over 6,000 living alumni. We can do this. We also invite classes from across the decades to follow the lead of the Class of 1961, which raised well over $600,000 for the Legacy Project.
Let us celebrate our success and come together to build (and renovate) from it!
Best regards and Go Bruins!
Matt McGinnis, Class of 1985
Director, Legacy Project
The monks of Saint Bede Abbey began our mission to provide a Catholic education to the families of the Illinois Valley 125 years ago. We have been blessed by God to be of service and we intend to remain at Saint Bede for many years to come. When people interested in joining the monastery visit us, a vibrant Catholic school is attractive to them. The Legacy campaign honors our past and the hundreds of men who devoted their lives to the Abbey and to their students. We deeply appreciate your generous support on our journey. We thank you whole-heartedly for considering a gift that will enable us to continue to glorify God in all that we do.
I have been involved with many building and renovation projects of the course of my 40+years in education. The Legacy Project plans are incredibly and absolutely necessary. The involvement of talented alumni supporters and staff has been outstanding. Thanks to their input, the designs are thoughtful, pragmatic, and support our traditions and aspirations. This project is not about bricks and mortar... this is about transforming Saint Bede Academy in a way that allows us to better serve our students, faculty and all stakeholders. The Legacy Project is about academic excellence. I am proud to assure you that Saint Bede Academy has a bright future. Your generous gift will make a very meaningful difference.
Please contact Matt McGinnis, Class of 1985, at (480) 737-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
- Maggie Daluga, Class of 2018