NEW ALBANY DEANERY AQUINAS CENTER


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2609 St. Joe Rd West

Sellersburg, IN 47172

812-246-5044

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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 Catholic learning.

 

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 deanery formats.

 

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 providential care.

 

In Christ,

 

The priests of the New Albany Deanery