November 3, 2022
We would like to extend a special thanks to those of you who participated in the recent campaign planning study conducted at Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint John Vianney. We received a wonderful response from both parishes, feedback that is extremely beneficial as we look to the future of our two parishes and the Bettendorf Catholic community.
After gathering and analyzing data from the study, representatives from the Steier Group reported their findings to our two parish councils and the Lourdes Catholic School Board of Education on October 27. Here is a link to the summary of the results:
The feedback the Steier Group received did not surprise us. We learned that there is significant support in our community for constructing a new school in northeast Bettendorf, but that many questions remain regarding our long-term vision for Our Lady of Lourdes and St. John Vianney.
Based on the feedback, we are taking the following steps:
- Developing a clear plan with the diocese to alleviate the ambiguity surrounding the future relationship of our two parishes in service to the Catholic faithful in Bettendorf.
- Setting aside plans for a new church and working with the architect to revise the plans for the school to make the project and the fundraising goals financially feasible.
- Partnering with the Steier Group and beginning the preparation phase for a successful capital campaign for the effort.
Once again, thank you for participating in this critical study our two parishes. Your input has been extremely beneficial and will help to ensure the success of our upcoming campaign. We will continue to keep you apprised of our efforts in the coming weeks and months.
Pope Francis writes in his reflections on this post-pandemic time in which we are living: “Time belongs to the Lord. Trusting in Him, we move forward with courage, building unity through discernment, to discover and implement God’s dream for us, and the paths of action ahead.”
With the Lord guiding us, we have no doubt our efforts will be abundantly blessed.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Jason Crossen
Our Lady of Lourdes
Rev. Rich Adam
Saint John Vianney