Holy cross

Breaking ground for the new Holy Cross Catholic Church in West Fargo

A dream 40 years in the making becomes a reality for a church thanks to patience and generous donations from the congregation and a Bismarck millionaire.

WEST FARGO, ND (KVRR) – A dream 40 years in the making is becoming a reality for a church thanks to patience and generous donations from the congregation and a Bismarck millionaire.

The congregation could not all attend the service at the same time because there was no room for all 5,700 members. They have been renting in a parish hall for six or seven years.

Father Phil Ackerman says the new facility will bring everyone together and the congregation’s donations and patience really show their dedication.

“It’s like they’re saying we’re really committed. We are in, we are with you, do this, do that. It will not only benefit us, but we will give it back to future generations and this church will remain a beacon of hope and light,” said Father Phil Ackerman of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Mayor Bernie Dardis, who is Catholic, is happy to see his town getting a new place of worship.

“At this time and at this age, faith-based organizations are coming together to help our societal woes and, so, this is just the start of another great church in our community,” said Mayor Bernie Dardis of West Fargo.

“Having a real parish church for this parish family will be a real blessing,” said Bishop Folda of Fargo Diocese.

The new building will be 29,000 square feet in size and will include a sanctuary, nave, additional gathering space, chancel and meeting rooms. It is expected to cost about $18 million, which will come from the congregation and Bismarck native Robert Franzen, who donated $2 million and pledged to match donations up to $5 million.

The church is also home to Trinity Primary School and pupils were able to attend.

“I love our kids. They’re so excited and they’re so excited and they were really excited to be a part of today and to be a part of this service. And as the church starts to be built and they see the steel going up and the frame of the church going up, they’ll be able to tell we were out of that,” Ackerman said.

“It makes me very happy to see the young people. They are the next generation, the youth are the church today,” Folda said.