Beckman breaks ground on major construction project

Archbishop leads blessing in front of main building

By Dan Russo

Witness Editor

DYERSVILLE — Wet weather didn’t deter dozens of students, faculty, parents and other supporters of Beckman Catholic High School from attending a blessing and groundbreaking for a major renovation project recently.

On March 31, Archbishop Michael Jackels led the ceremonies held near the front entrance of the main school building. “I’ve been identified as a special guest, but I’m really not special or a guest,” the archbishop told the crowd during the opening prayers. “Perhaps the special guests are those who are seated in these chairs, obviously not students, and I would presume you are representing people who are interested in supporting this project in one way or another. It is something to recognize and be grateful for. There are people who are supporting this project who do not have children, do not have school-aged children, but nevertheless they’re contributing in support of this. For your sakes, certainly, but also for the sake of the local community, our state of Iowa, our great country the United States — even the world.”

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Photo: Beckman community representatives share a laugh while digging on the site where a new chapel will be built for the high school.