Catholic center at UMaine needs repairs, capital campaign underway

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ORONO, Maine (WABI) The Catholic Church is raising money to rehabilitate the religious center at the University of Maine.

The Newman Center was built in 1946, originally as a log cabin on campus.

It's been in the current location on College Avenue since 1972, and time and weather have taken a toll on the building.

They've started a capital campaign to make needed repairs at several other parishes and churches as well.

"The capital campaign for the whole parish is 3.5 million dollars. The estimated cost of what we want to do to this building is 2.2 million dollars, which leaves us 1.3 million dollars to do the work at the other churches. Taking a greener approach, and a more reasonable approach, we've come up with a plan where we can reuse this building, the footprint at least, and we accept gifts of all sizes and from anywhere because what we are doing here is important work and we want to continue to do it."

The repairs will include enclosing part of the building to separate worship space from other activities, the creation of a new multi-purpose space, an updated kitchen, and exterior improvements.

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