Mother Seton Church Groundbreaking

May 13, 2002

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, will join Fr. Ron Potts, pastor of Mother Seton Catholic parish, and parish members at a blessing and groundbreaking for the parish’s first permanent church since it was founded nearly 30 years ago:

Sunday, May 19, 2002
1:00 p.m.
Mother Seton Parish
19951 Father Hurley Blvd., Germantown, MD

Founded in 1974 with just 38 families, the 2,500 family parish has been meeting in a multipurpose parish center since 1981. The new 750-seat church is expected to cost $3.5 million, of which more than $1 million has been raised through an ongoing capital campaign. The church’s construction is part of a three-phase project that has included the recent completion of a new rectory and permanent parking lot and includes plans for parish center renovations and a new chapel.

The church, designed by Tom Osborn of TM Osborn Associates, Inc., will resemble a Greek cross from above, in which all the arms are of equal length. The nearly 25,000 square foot interior will be dominated by exposed steel beams overhead, also in the shape of a cross. Space under the church will house offices and meeting rooms. Construction will begin this summer. The anticipated completion date is late 2003.

“I am extremely excited that, after 28 years, we are finally about to start construction on a permanent church building,” Fr. Potts said. “We are going to finish our dream and have a church that will serve the families of Mother Seton for many years to come.”

The church will be built on the site of the former rectory where the former pastor, Monsignor Thomas Wells, was killed two years ago, making the blessing and groundbreaking especially meaningful to the parish community.

Mark Adkinson
Office of Communications
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