Campus Ministry building under construction

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Fr. Scott Circe, Director of Catholic Campus Ministry (left), adds his name to the wall of signatures on February 19 during a "topping out" ceremony for the NorthView complex.

Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Central Florida has been steadily growing over the past five years and is now preparing for a huge expansion.

Its current center is a 2,400-square-foot storefront located off campus. The new center under construction will provide 20,000 square feet of space located adjacent to a 600-bedroom student housing facility. It will include dedicated on-site parking and continuous direct bus service to and from campus.

"We have been longing for a permanent home for campus ministry at UCF," said Tony Marco, associate campus minister of Catholic Campus Ministry at the school. "This new center is a tremendous gift that will lead to a flourishing of the Catholic faith on campus for those currently involved in Campus Ministry, and will be a beacon of hope to students who are rediscovering their faith."

Marco and other students have met with the builders to provide input on the design of the center. Crisely Melecio-Zambrano, a senior at UCF who has been involved in Catholic Campus Ministry since her freshman year, said she is thrilled the ministry will now have dedicated space for Mass and a chapel for daily prayer.

"Our ministry runs on prayer," Melecio-Zambrano said. "The whole purpose of Catholic Campus Ministry is to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ. This center will help us on our journey."

"We have been praying for this for a long time," she continued. "To see it become a reality has been such a blessing."

Located on Lockwood Boulevard, directly north of the UCF campus in Orlando, the new Catholic Campus Ministry Center is part of the seven-story "NorthView" complex that will also include a Hillel Center for Jewish students. Housing at NorthView will be managed by UCF Housing and Residence Life, and includes upscale amenities, such as a resort-style pool, fitness center, club game room, and rooftop sky deck.

Fundraising efforts are under way to provide the majority of the $2 million necessary for the design and infrastructure of the interior of the center. The Catholic Campus Ministry Center will receive some funding from the Diocese of Orlando’s Alive in Christ capital and endowment campaign. Fundraising continues for endowments and planned gifts to sustain ongoing operating expenses and to ensure future operations funding.

The journey to construct a new Catholic Campus Ministry Center began more than five years ago, but the area’s economic downturn slowed the progress.

For more information on the Catholic Campus Ministry Center at UCF, contact the Catholic Foundation at 407-246-4889. To learn more about Catholic Campus Ministry, visit www.ccmknights.com. Students should contact the UCF Student Housing Office at 407-823-4663 for information on availability and priority sign-up dates for the NorthView Apartments or visit http://northview.housing.ucf.edu

Story reprinted courtesy of Florida Catholic

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