Photo by Peter Sánchez
Jim Boral (APHCC), Christopher Sapecky (Kohler), John Schmidt (APHCC), Rob Nizzardi (APHCC), Joe Scriboni (APHCC), Mike Stranix (Ferguson Supply), and Dave McIntosh (APHCC) brought plumbing supplies into the Cathedral on Tuesday, December 22.
Due to a recent donation of plumbing supplies from area plumbers, the Cathedral Hall in Camden is one step closer to becoming an all-purpose venue for Camden city parishioners and providing Catholics with numerous opportunities for fellowship with one another.
On Dec. 22, the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors of Camden County (APHCC) donated sinks, toilets and other plumbing fixtures to Cathedral Hall Ministries, which will use them to create two bathrooms in the building next to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The building was formerly occupied by the Cathedral Kitchen, which had since built its own facility.
Through the efforts of Knights of Columbus member John Moore, the Cathedral Hall was able to receive the supplies, which came from local organizations such as Great Plumbers, Ferguson Supply, and the Kohler Company, all part of the APHCC. These donations are just one step toward creating a space that will be used for such events as banquets, after-Mass gatherings, meetings, parish and youth activities, and even wedding receptions.
Father Matthew Hillyard, OSFS, rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, calls the donations “a great sign for us, in the community we’re trying to achieve,” with the upcoming merger of the Cathedral with Camden parishes Holy Name and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel/Fatima.
Bob Cavanaugh, who is coordinating the refurbishing of the hall, is a volunteer who helps with the electrical, plumbing, and other aspects of the site, in getting it ready for public use. “There’s nothing in the city that can accommodate (Camden parishioners) like this, and be made affordable to the people,” he said.
Still to be done are the re-tiling of the floor, the installation of the bathrooms, and the creation of a service-only kitchen. With a capacity of about 2,000 people, the space can be used for large-scale events and, with a partition in the middle, could also be used for two different functions at the same time.
Future work on the hall will be undertaken by volunteers, with a hoped-for completion by the end of January to further the parishes’ goal of creating one community.
“We’re hoping to use this (to bring people together),” said Father Hillyard.