St. Nicholas Holds Education Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 2:58 PM

By St. Nicholas Catholic Church, news release

The 182-year-old parish marked the start of construction on a new school building.

(Left to right) Pauline Reale, Jerry Firestone, Michael Shumway, Dan Swygart, Jolinda Moore, Gina Fleming, Rev. Msgr. William Stumpf, Fr. Shaun Whittington, Kenny Hountz, Anita Schuman, Dave Batta, Norma Newton, Bob Dierckman, Tony Gutzwiller, and Scott Lamping. Photo provided.

(Sunman, Ind.) - The moment arrived on April 29 when St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Sunman, Indiana began to fulfill its dream of building an Education Center. The community gathered at 11:30 on the St. Nicholas campus for the official groundbreaking with Archdiocesan representatives present.

This Education Center is Phase 1 of the proposed buildings. Phase 1 will house the “A” rated school, an Indiana Department of Education rating St. Nicholas has earned for three consecutive years.

The parish community is grateful to the benefactors who support the Heritage Project’s Education Center. Father Shaun Whittington, Pastor of St. Nicholas, remarks, “It is amazing the heritage we have at this community of faith. The school is an incredible testimony to God’s presence in our lives.”

Funds are being raised for Phase 2 of the Heritage Project - a Fellowship Center. This building will support an updated and expanded kitchen and dining area, a new gym, stage, and multipurpose space. The current kitchen and gym accommodate school, parish, and local community events. It, too, is showing its age through its years of service.

The dream of a 182-year-old parish is on its way as it continues to be a presence in the greater community! Follow their dream at

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