Chelsea, MI – Over 250 friends and supporters of St. Louis Center in Chelsea, MI gathered with the Most Rev. Bishop Earl Boyea of the Lansing Diocese to help dedicate the newly remodeled Fr. Guanella Hall at St. Louis Center on Sunday, June 8, 2014. The dedication ceremony was the result of $2 million in improvements that had taken place both inside and outside the building to make it more accommodating for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are now a part of our growing aging population.
A large standing room only crowd gathered for the opening Mass in the gym before the dedication took place and twelve priests stood on the altar during Mass. Many excited residents were in attendance with their families for the ceremonies, and the 4th Degree Color Corps of the Knights of Columbus assisted with the procession to the new building.
Following Mass, the ceremonial ribbon was cut by Provincial Fr. Soosai Rathinam of the Divine Providence Province of the Servants of Charity and Michael Malinowski, State Deputy of the Michigan Knights of Columbus. Bishop Boyea then proceeded to conduct a formal blessing of the building, followed by a procession of dignitaries who came forward to congratulate the leadership of St. Louis Center and their Legacy Campaign Committee on their accomplishments. They included:
Most Rev. Bishop Earl Boyea, Rev. Enzo Addari, SdC., Rev. Gustavo DeBonis, SdC. of Rome, Italy, Very Rev. Provincial Soosai Rathinam, SdC. of India, State Deputy Michael Malinowski of the Michigan Knights of Columbus, Larry Doll – Advisory Council Chair, Don Walker – Legacy Committee, Renee Adorjan – Dept. of Human Services, State Sen. Rebekah Warren, State Sen. Glenn Anderson, State Rep. Gretchen Driskell, Wayne Co. Executive Bob Ficano, Commissioner Kent Martinez-Kratz, Chelsea Mayor Jason Lindauer, Andrew Shmina – President of AZ Shmina, Inc., and Bob McGraw of Kingscott Architects. PR Director Joseph Yekulis served as the MC.
The program concluded with a luncheon catered by Gina Pantely and the Chelsea Grill with tours of the facility. For more information about St. Louis Center please visit the website at www.stlouiscenter.org.