It is the nature of a parish to evolve over time. Its people mature and move on while others join. Its leadership transitions. Its needs expand. Its role changes. Its goals evolve. What counts is that the physical plant required to support the parish — land, buildings, infrastructure, technology, even parking — be firmly in step with current needs, if not at the leading edge of what will be necessary tomorrow.
St. Paul’s Campus & Facilities Planning Council manages this planning process.
The first step in the master planning process was to inventory what we have as a parish. Over 75 years of building and updating and changing have resulted in today’s campus and facilities. It looks and feels expansive, yet utilization is very high by the school, parish ministries and organizations, and the community. And the trend of utilization is increasing. The count showing 920 non-school meetings and events annually is striking.
St. Paul the Apostle is a parish with a bright future. The Paulist Fathers have determined that St. Paul the Apostle will remain a major center of their ministries through the parish and through initiatives at UCLA and in communications. These factors support serious planning for and funding of an expanding, evolving campus and facilities for SPA far into the future.
Broad issues and goals that have been identified include: