St. John Francis Regis Parish building new entrance, elevator

Kelly Lum, Tony Reyes, Cindy Bruner, Bertha Banlomon and David Kopek join pastor Father Sean McCaffery May 18 in breaking ground for a project that will construct an elevator at St. John Francis Regis Parish in Kansas City. (Kevin Kelly/Key photo)

Kelly Lum, Tony Reyes, Cindy Bruner, Bertha Banlomon and David Kopek join pastor Father Sean McCaffery May 18 in breaking ground for a project that will construct an elevator at St. John Francis Regis Parish in Kansas City. (Kevin Kelly/Key photo)

By Kevin Kelly
Catholic Key Associate Editor

KANSAS CITY — The money is in the bank and the ground has been broken.

By the end of the summer, St. John Francis Regis Parish will have a new $380,000 entrance with an elevator to provide increased accessibility to the sceond-floor parish hall.

“We’ve worked hard,” said parish business manager Karen Storck. “It seemed to be a lot of money to get this project.”

It wasn’t chicken feed. But over a three-year campaign, St. Regis parishioners dug deep to give every dime needed before construction got underway.

The parish also hired LaTona Architects, no rookies when it comes to both Catholic church construction and projects to improve accessibility for the differently abled.

“Right now, people with disabilities can’t get to the parish hall,” said Vince LaTona, whose previous projects include helping design the new Holy Rosary Church in Clinton, St. Sabina Church in Belton, St. George Church in Odessa, and Twelve Apostles Church in Platte City.

The elevator will also serve the school.

“If we have students with disabilities, they can get to the second floor as well,” he said.

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December 07, 2016
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