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Ground Blessing Takes Place for New USC Caruso Catholic Center

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This past Sunday, about 400 people came out for the Ground Blessing Mass and Ceremony for USC's Our Savior Parish and USC Caruso Catholic Center, a new 20,00 square foot church and center that'll break ground next summer, replacing the university's existing church and center at 3207 University Avenue. USC alum and developer Rick Caruso donated $6 million to the project, which'll be done sometime in 2010.

If you give $6 million and it's a $33 million project (all told, the school has raised $27 million), you get it named after you? "When he donated the $6 million, it was a much smaller project, and he was the one who helped make it a much bigger project," Father Lawrence Seyer tells us. Above is the latest rendering. Notably, the church will have 25 foot by 9 foot stained glass windows, according to Father Seyer, who tells us they never, ever build big stained glass windows like those these days. The design architect is Elkus Manfredi, also behind Americana at Brand and the architect of record is Perkowitz + Ruth. The Daily Trojan also has a story on the project, and quotes Gehan Cooray, a USC junior who says he hopes the new development draws together residents of the surrounding community. “Hopefully there will be people who don’t go to USC who will attend Mass there and that will encourage interaction between USC students and the community,” Cooray said.
· Groundbreaking set for Catholic Center [Daily Trojan]