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Archbishop Gregory Dedicates Fields
August 24th, 2011

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On Monday, August 22, 2011 one day after the feast day of St. Pius X, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory stepped on the St. Pius X Catholic High School campus to celebrate Mass and dedicate the new Seaver Family Sports Complex.  Superintendent of Schools Diane Starkovich was in attendance, along with members of the facility’s namesake, James ’64 and Susan Seaver ’64, their son Chris ’95, his wife Cara and their young son Charlie. Special guests and contributors to the campaign were also present to mark this special occasion.

The Expanding Our Legacy Capital Campaign began in 2007 when a task force began a search for appropriate property to expand the school.  The complex includes a synthetic turf baseball diamond as well as a synthetic turf multi-purpose field.  The two fields will be used by numerous groups within the school, including physical education classes, athletic teams and marching band members.  Construction on the fields wrapped up in June 2011.  The complex contributes 7.38 acres to the campus and is the first addition to the footprint of the school since it’s opening in 1958.   

Following an all school Mass, the Archbishop walked over to the new fields for the dedication. Attendees listened to speeches and prayer intentions from Principal Steve Spellman, Athletic Director Mark Kelly and Head Baseball Coach J.T. Gilbert.  Archbishop Gregory took to the podium and with the help of Monsignor Richard Lopez, they blessed the fields.  

Those in attendance enjoyed a light reception following in the ceremony.  It was a proud moment for St. Pius X as the Fields of Dreams became a reality, thanks to the vision of a core group of hardworking people and the generosity of the school community.  The campaign will continue as students enjoy the convenience of the complex until all debts are paid. 

In closing, as the Archbishop stated, it’s now time to “Play ball!”

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