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.”
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