The following comes from an Oct. 28 story in the Santa Monica Lookout News.
Saint Monica Catholic Church, one of the oldest Catholic churches west of the 405, will celebrate the end of a $28 million overhaul of its campus Sunday.
Archbishop José Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will attend a special Mass and dedication ceremony at the 87-year-old church to celebrate the opening of three new buildings and a parking garage, a project more than five years in the making.
“These buildings will become, I hope, a great source of refuge and support,” said St. Monica’s pastor, Monsignor Lloyd Torgerson about the project on St. Monica’s campus located between Lincoln Boulevard and Seventh Street in Santa Monica’s wealthy Wilmont Neighborhood.
“But it’s not just about the buildings. It’s about service,” he said.
Torgerson said that the new buildings — the Tina and Rick Caruso Community Center, Grand Pavilion and Grand Patio and the Carol G. Simon Child and Student Center — will make it easier to serve the 8,000 households in the St. Monica Catholic Community, which includes the Church, St. Monica Catholic High School and St. Monica Catholic Elementary School.
The project also includes a subterranean parking garage with 175 parking spaces, a vital resource in a neighborhood that has some of the tightest on-street parking restrictions in the city.
The project, Torgerson said, was made possible because of “a ton of fundraising” over many years and a good relationship with a city that understands the importance of service.
Though the Church is located in one of Santa Monica’s wealthiest neighborhoods, Torgerson said it serves the “extremely wealthy to the poorest of the poor.”
Among its flock, St. Monica boasts former California governor and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean Ann Holbrook, wife of City Councilmember Bob Holbrook….
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