Aging SFA Catholic student center needs $1.1 million for remodeling project

Aging SFA Catholic student center needs $1.1 million for remodeling project
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - An East Texas Catholic Church is asking for some assistance on a dated building that is in need of a makeover.

The Catholic Student Center at SFA is has been around since the 1900's and church members said it's slowly falling apart.

"When it rains the tiles basically collapse on themselves, we have electrical problems, sometimes you think you might get electrocuted," SFA student, Gary Trevino said.

"This building is a nice building but overtime it's become kind of worn down," SFA student, Nathan Mcguire said. "We are definitely in need of a better facility for the students to meet and to grow in their faith."

With more students turning to this church for faith, and the center for fun, it's time to knock out some walls and expand.

"Two to three hundred students walk through our doors, so we wanted to expand our facilities epically since we pride a home away from home," SFA Catholic student center administrator, Father Denzil Vithanage said.

"In between classes or after classes, most of us come here to study and form relationships with each other," SFA student, Jose Messa said.

The new building will be two stories and just more than 8,500 square feet.

"Having a building of that size, we can organize multiple events," Vithanage said. "Right now we do have multiple events, but because of the lack of space we have to limit those multiple events."

"Plus there would be a hall for us to actually have dinners because right now the current hall is also the student center," Trevino said.

Students don't have to worry about losing the convenient location right across the street, however they can look forward to gaining more a more comfortable and spacious place.

"Our campus ministries have no meaning without students, and when they come we wanted to simply give that impression, you are valued, you are needed, you are important and especially Jesus loves you," Vithanage said.

The total estimated cost for the project is $1.1 million. Donations can be made online at or sent to 214 Wettermark, Nacogdoches, TX.

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