NEW ALBANY DEANERY AQUINAS CENTER
BIG NEWS TO SHARE!
WE WILL HAVE A YARD SALE ON JUNE 1, 2 & 3
8:30 - 5:30 Thursday & Friday
8:30 - 12:00 Saturday
ALSO THE AQUINAS CENTER IS CLOSING - SEE LETTER BELOW
May 10, 2017
The New Albany Deanery’s Aquinas Center has served southern
Indiana for many years; providing a library and media resources to those who
want to learn more about their Catholic faith and those who taught others. Its
wide range of resources and its dedicated personnel have helped build and
strengthen the Catholic community in our area for over 50 years. We thank God
for this dedicated staff and the many blessings provided through this center of
After much prayer, discussion and careful consideration, the
Aquinas Center will be closing on June 30, 2017.
Much has changed in recent decades. Technology has changed multimedia
formats at an exponential rate; beyond anything imaginable merely twenty years
ago. Through the internet any individual wishing to learn more about the
Catholic faith can easily do so. Entire libraries are now at your fingertips.
Because of the easy access, and low cost, of books, movies and
limitless learning materials on the internet, and the staff resources most
parishes now have available, the priests of the New Albany Deanery have decided
that the time has come to close the Aquinas Center. It has served its purpose
and completed its mission. Beginning in the fall of 2017 the focus will be on
parish level programs using the competence and capabilities now available at
the parish level.
Some questions you may have:
1) “Why Now?” In
addition to parish staffing changes and significant technology changes, the
Aquinas Center is again losing its location. To seek out and move to another
location would only postpone the inevitable.
2) “What role are finances playing in this decision?” Through deanery assessments,
and not including fees for individual programs, last fiscal year all the
parishes of the deanery contributed directly to the Aquinas Center a total of
$130,418. The Aquinas Center raised more on its own initiative. We believe the
most vital programs can be relocated to various parishes at a much lower cost.
3) “What will happen to the
programing offered by the Aquinas Center, and what about parishes that have
made use of the Aquinas Center and its materials?” We intend to continue to support shared
catechetical ministries within the New Albany Deanery. The more vital programs currently offered by
the Aquinas Center will continue as shared ministries, hosted by various
parishes. Support will also be given to
individual parishes needing assistance in acquiring materials through other
4) “What will become of the
library and resource materials?” Over
the next few months plans will be made to relocate or distribute the materials
and furniture of the Aquinas Center. If
necessary and in the meantime these will be put into storage.
The Aquinas Center has provided support and resources for
catechetical ministries within our deanery for many years. As we say goodbye to this institution that
has served us so well, we ask for your prayers for the staff and volunteers during
this time of transition. We remain very
grateful for the work and commitment they have offered in service to this
ministry to which they have given so much of themselves. May God bless and keep all in His
The priests of the New Albany Deanery