Edmundite Missions Controller Phyllis McCullough said through it all, Selma is a family-oriented city. “We are not the Selma of long ago,” she said. “It does not matter if you are black or white. We love each other. This new community center really solidifies all that the Edmundites do for Selma. This building and is a true symbol of hope.”
Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi joined The Society of Saint Edmund in blessing the new $3.2 million Edmundite Missions’ Dr. Michael and Catherine Bullock Community and Recreation Center in Selma, Alabama, on Nov. 5.
This state-of-the-art facility is near their Bosco Nutrition Center on Broad Street where more than a 1,000 meals are served daily. The Edmundites have served the poor in the area for more than 80 years. The new center, slated to be in full operation Jan. 1, will provide a safe place for neighbors to come together. It is equipped with a computer lab, gym, classrooms and a regulation size basketball court.
Jeff Cothran is executive director of the United Way of Selma & Dallas County. He said poverty in the area is deep and endemic. “To have the Fathers of The Society of Saint Edmund continue to invest and provide service, and to provide leadership both in the faith community and in mentoring our young people it is priceless,” he said. “This is a glimpse of what could be.”
Edmundite Missions Board Member Mina Roussell said the center is a beacon of hope in the city. “This is an investment in our community,” she said. “Selma has a long history of a lot of conflict but there are people here who desire a whole lot more and want to do a whole lot better.”
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The heart of the Society of Saint Edmund’s mission is serving where the need is greatest, a credo that has led us to four core ministries: Social Justice, Education, Spiritual Renewal and Pastoral Ministry. It is through these core ministries that we live out a faith-based life of service and make a real difference in people’s lives by bringing them closer to God.