AUSTIN, TX — St. Austin Catholic Church on Guadalupe Street has officially broken ground for its new church campus, the Diocese of Austin announced Monday.
Austin Bishop Joe S. Vásquez and Pastor Chuck Kullmann of St. Austin Catholic Church announced the ground breaking redevelopment project on Monday. It is expected to be completed by fall 2023.
The project includes the construction of new facilities for St. Austin Catholic School and new parish offices including a new rectory for the Paulist priests who minister at the parish and who serve the greater Austin community. Church officials said this redevelopment has been in planning and design since 2016.
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The main portion of the new building will be located at 21st and Guadalupe Streets, immediately adjacent to the current church at 2026 Guadalupe Street. Additionally, the current school building, located at 1911 San Antonio Street, will be razed to make way for a new downtown residential tower that will serve both university students and residents of the area.
Once completed, church officials said the school will serve up to 400 pre-k, 3 through 8th grade students with state-of-the-art classrooms and a greater emphasis on STEM education through the new science lab. The school will also have a new gymnasium and outdoor spaces.
“This parish and school community, which has been at this location for over a century, looks forward to carrying into the future the mission of ministry and evangelization,” said Kullmann.
Church authorities said the school has been a part of St. Austin Church since 1917 and occupied the same building for over 70 years. Once the new building is completed, classes will resume on-site for the 2023-2024 academic year.
“As Austin continues to grow, we are blessed to break ground on a development that will serve the community for generations to come allowing us to continue to bear witness to the Gospel,” Vasquez said.