Construction will begin soon on a new 650-seat Catholic church on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.
The new building will replace the existing 53-year-old St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Lincoln, where final Masses will be held Saturday and Easter Sunday.
The church announced Thursday that the new building represents a $12 million construction investment, and that two-thirds of donations came from outside the city of Lincoln. Completion of the church is expected in fall 2014, according to the Lincoln Journal Star ( http://bit.ly/10nyafl).
In the meantime, the church's ministries and liturgies will be temporarily moved to the former Cornerstone Church. Sunday Masses will be held in the UNL Student Union during the school year.
The church is the second phase of a $25 million comprehensive expansion effort that also includes a new Newman Center. The first phase included construction of the 68-bed Phi Kappa Theta Catholic fraternity house. The third phase is a Theta Phi Alpha sorority house, which will be built at the former Cornerstone Church site.
There has been talk of expanding the Newman Center for seven years.