A Roman Catholic presence in the Shenandoah Valley since 1932

Our Church Building Project

Our Church Building Project

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From our Building Committee ...

My fellow parishioners,

Thank you for your continued prayers and support for the Building Committee and our incredible project we have undertaken.  Although some time has passed since I last provided you a formal update, please know that your Building Committee has been hard at work bringing our dream into reality.  I know that everyone in our parish has renewed their excitement and anticipation in this project since we held our ground breaking ceremony in July. I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me and asked “When will actual construction start?” Trust me when I say that there is no one more anxious to begin construction than all of the members of your Building Committee.

I am saddened to tell you that the recent death of Bishop DiLorenzo will impact our ability to start construction of our new church. To start construction of the building we will need to have a building permit from the City of Waynesboro which will require a submission of our completed construction documents. The finalized construction documents must be approved and signed by a bishop. So this critical step cannot be completed until a new bishop is installed as head of our Diocese. We also will need the new bishop’s approval and signature on the loan the Diocese is willing to give us to pay for construction of our project. We have no idea when we can expect to have a new bishop as this is in God’s and the Pope’s hands. Hence, the reason that Fr. Rolo continues to ask us to pray for a speedy selection of our new bishop. 

Even though we must wait to construct our new church, the Diocese has told us we can perform all site development work once we have approval from the City of Waynesboro. We, in coordination with the City’s planning department, are getting very close to having this approval granted, hopefully before the end of September. Some parishioners have commented that they have seen some site work already being conducted at our land. This work is being performed by another developer with whom we have agreed to cost share the expansion of Sheppard Court to connect with our church property. Extending Sheppard Court is a necessary first step for the remaining site work we will commence once we receive approval to start.

Your Building Committee continues working on many items in preparation for our new bishop’s approval, whenever that may be. First and foremost we are intensely working with our General Contractor and Architect to finalize our construction documents. The pipe organ which was donated has now been moved from the donor’s house to a climate controlled storage facility. At the appropriate time the organ will be transported to the factory of our pipe organ contractor for renovation and then returned for installation. A stain-glass window program has been under way to develop a theme for our windows. A few of the windows are being designed in great detail but assistance from the parish will be needed to select the saints which will adorn the remaining windows. More information about this program will be announced soon, if it hasn’t already been released.

I welcome any feedback you would like to give me. I promise to contact you as expeditiously as possible so that you have the opportunity to express your concerns and ask additional questions. I also welcome your continued prayers and support.



Phillip Thorpe

Chair, St. John the Evangelist Church Building Committee

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