Some say there are no such things as miracles. But don’t tell that to Chad McEachern, President and CEO of Edmundite Missions in Selma, Alabama.
McEachern is standing with Father Dave Cray, SSE, Superior General of the Society of St. Edmund, and together they are breaking ground on the new $3.1 million Community Center to be built in the heart of Selma.
The Dr. and Mrs. Michael Bullock Community Center will be at 1428 Broad Street, the site of the current Edmundite Missions Administrative Offices.
“A facility like this would be a blessing to any community,” said McEachern. “But here in the Deep South, where our kids have precious little in the way of resources or opportunities…well, it’s just going to bring miraculous changes to so many young lives.
“When the Center opens its doors in early 2020, it will house a multi-functional gym that will include a full size basketball court and a state of the art weight room, locker rooms, and educational space where we will host all kinds of positive programs for young people and for adults too.”
“This really is a special day for the Edmundite Missions,” said Father Cray. “The Missions came to Selma more than 80 years ago to bring urgently needed help and hope to the poor in the Black Belt region. Now this unique place for our youth will be a wonderful thing for the city of Selma.”
“The Edmundite Missions Board of Directors was proud to authorize the building of this Community Center,” said Father Brain Cummings, S.S.E., Chairman of the Edmundite Missions Board of Directors. “It will be a cornerstone of the Edmundite Missions’ ministries in Selma and make a transformative difference, not just in the lives of those who come here, but for their families and the whole community as well.
“We are blessed with so many caring supporters, like Dr. and Mrs. Bullock, and the thousands of benefactors who make our work possible,” McEachern continued. “They allow us to feed the hungry, clothe and shelter the cold and homeless, and bring the corporal works of mercy Jesus speaks about in the book of Matthew to some of the most poverty-stricken people in America.
“And now they have given our children a desperately needed place to come and be safe, have fun, and learn in order to make a future for themselves filled with new possibilities. To me, that’s the very definition of a miracle.”The groundbreaking ceremony took place on Nov. 7 in front of the Administrative Offices.