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Catholic students now have house in Wayne

After nearly 30 years of waiting, Catholic students at Wayne State College now have a home. The Archdiocese of Omaha recently purchased a house at 317 East 10th St. to be used as the new place for Catholic students.

A group gathers outside the new Wayne State College Newman Ministry house in Wayne. The Archdiocese of Omaha purchased the house from Robert and Susie Sherry (pictured in the front row on right) to be used for Catholic campus ministry for Wayne State College students.
Since 2002, students have gathered in a rented Wayne State College building that has served as the Catholic Newman Center.

The house, located near three Wayne State College residence halls, was purchased by Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss April 29.

To celebrate, a brunch was held May 1 after the Sunday morning Mass and a house blessing took place May 3. An open house will be held in the fall.

Robert and Susie Sherry of St. Mary Parish in Wayne, previous owners of the house, originally bought the home with the college's Catholic campus ministry in mind. Robert is a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a security guard at the college for many years.

Some of the funds used to purchase the house came from money saved during the 20 years the Norfolk Benedictines held the campus minister position, said Sister Cynthia Hruby, ND, campus minister.

Space in the house allows for a campus ministry office and library, general gathering space, a kitchen and an apartment in the basement. Sister Hruby will live in the apartment for now.

Although the house is in good condition, there are several improvements needed, Sister Hruby said. They include making the entrance and first floor restroom handicap-accessible, removing and relaying the driveway, installing insulation in the upstairs ceiling and building a garage.

Donations can be sent to the Anniversary Fund at the Catholic Newman Center, 317 East 10th St., Wayne, NE, 68787.

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