Renovations to St. Andrew’s Catholic Church nearing completion
ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – Major renovations to St. Andrew’s Catholic Church began eight years ago. And now the work to secure the future of the Roanoke Monument is almost done.
Members of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church celebrated mass inside the century-old structure, even as construction continued.
But the scaffolding that obscured the interior has been removed, giving the congregation a fresh take on a familiar space.
“The first thing I noticed was how beautiful and bright the church was,” said church member Katie Pyne.
There’s a lot to enjoy in the final phase of renovation: from the Stations of the Cross that have been painstakingly repainted, to the new coats of gold leaf, and the lower walls painted to match the white marble floors.
Father Kevin Segerblom is the pastor of St. Andrew’s.
“Someone had just commented on me the other day. It’s like we have a new church, ”he told WDBJ7.
The interior work is the culmination of a multi-million dollar project that began with the replacement of the bell towers and came to include a new slate roof, restoration of the building’s exterior masonry and renovations to the interior. which are almost complete.
Wayne Gould is the Facilities Maintenance Coordinator at St. Andrew’s and the Project Manager for the renovations.
“I am very happy with how everything turned out and I hope we will have this building for the next generation,” he said.
St. Andrew’s will welcome the community to take a closer look at the renovations during open houses on September 17-18. The church is planning a new consecration in November.
“I feel so good that we took care of it,” said Father Segerblom. “It is such a beloved landmark for many people in Roanoke.”
“It’s a beautiful place to worship,” added Pyne, “and to share with the rest of the community.”
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