Master Builders praise cornerstone of Padre Pio Parish


Padre Pio Parish Master Builders Association News Story
Divine artist's impression of the Padre Pio Church in Glenmore Park prior to the church's construction.

Padre Pio Parish Church – hailed as a new landmark for the local Glenmore Park community when it opened just prior to Christmas last year – has received further accolades from the Master Builders Association (MBA) at its 2010 Excellence in Construction Awards.

Built by Zadro Constructions between December 2008 and December 2009, the church was named a winner at the MBA’s 2010 awards in the category of ‘Pubic Buildings costing $3 million and over’.

Initially designed to be ‘prayerful, aesthetically pleasing, practical, dynamic and flexible to accommodate the future’, Padre Pio Church received high praise from the MBA awards judge for overcoming logistical and technical issues during its construction, as well as for the project's accelerated completion date in order to coincide with the Parish’s 2009 Christmas celebrations.

The judge, however, saved special mention for the Glenmore Park Parish community’s involvement in the project.

“This building contract was unique in that many of the works and materials to the church were either donated or undertaken by the local community, including the supply and installation of appliances, fire services, and the granite used for the baptistery floor, altar area and steps and borders,” the judge’s comments read.

Growing and vibrant Catholic community

Padre Pio Church Master Builders Association News Story
Now Bishop Emeritus of Parramatta Most Rev Kevin Manning DD with Padre Pio Parish Priest Fr Kevin Lee at the dedication of the new Parish church in February.
Padre Pio Church was designed along traditional lines, making it clearly identifiable as an ecclesiastical building.

To meet the needs of its growing and vibrant Catholic community, the church accommodates 600 Parishioners. With its folding doors, however, this can expand to accommodate 1,100 within the narthex and side courtyards.

The two-year construction project was part of a 15-year journey undertaken by the Padre Pio Parish community to build a church they could call their own.

Established in 2004, the Padre Pio Parish for many years celebrated Masses at Glenmore Park’s Bethany Catholic Primary School and Caroline Chisholm College, while raising funds to build the Parish church.

At the dedication of the church in February this year, Lynn Young – a founding member of the Padre Pio Parish – said that the Parish was “overjoyed to have a permanent space that is large enough for the whole Parish to celebrate weekend Masses - without having to convert halls or classrooms into a sacred space every Saturday afternoon.”

Vinnies MBA win

The New State Office for St Vincent de Paul Society was also recognised at the MBA’s 2010 awards, in the ‘Commercial Buildings $10 million to $25 million’ category.

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