A crucifix on the east side of the main entrance to Archbishop Hoban High School on Monday marked the spot where the altar will stand in the chapel of the future Maynard Family Center for Spiritual Formation.
“I believe the center is going to leave an impression on anyone who enters it because it will model every core value of the Holy Cross tradition to educate our hearts and minds and it will emphasize that we take our faith seriously,” said Sammy Parri, a 16-year-old sophomore at the high school. “I think I’ve learned more about myself as a person since being here at Hoban. The Holy Cross values have really influenced my life.”
Parri and his parents were among about 100 people, including a group of Hoban students, who gathered outdoors for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the $2.5 million Maynard Family Center. As the frigid winds whipped the sides of the tent where the crowd gathered, the student body inside the school building watched the ceremony via live video stream.
Monday’s event was the official kickoff of Hoban’s first major capital campaign since 2001. The $6 million campaign — which has already raised more than $4 million in gifts and pledges — is called “Empowering Minds, Engaging Hearts, Exceeding Expectations. This is Hoban.”
The spiritual formation center, which is expected to be completed this fall, is one of three projects to be funded by the “This is Hoban” campaign. The balance of the money raised is to be used for a $2.5 million health and fitness center and endowment funding.
“We wanted to do something that goes beyond a chapel. Something that is dedicated to the spiritual growth of all of the Hoban students because spiritual development is essential in the Holy Cross tradition,” said Philip Maynard, a 1960 Hoban graduate who represents the first of three Maynard generations at the school. “Holy Cross values emphasize developing the mind, body and soul. The spiritual formation center will be a place where students can worship God and focus on their faith and spiritual growth.”
The Maynard Family Center for Spiritual Formation will include a chapel as its centerpiece, offices and an area for campus ministry activities. Its focus is to develop a desire in students to serve others and to impact the world in a positive way.
The health and fitness center will include strength and cardiovascular training areas; a new wrestling room and rehabilitation area. The project will also include the renovation of existing locker rooms.
The million dollars for the Hoban Endowment Fund will be used for scholarships and financial aid.
Todd R. Sweda, Hoban’s president, said he has been encouraged by the willingness of alumni, parents, grandparents and friends of the private Catholic high school to contribute to the fundraising campaign.
“They are about the ability to imagine a future in which dreams become realities, needs are met, and our Holy Cross mission shines even brighter within the minds and hearts of the young people entrusted to us,” Sweda said. “Blessed Basil Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, understood all too well the importance of vision in providing the capacity to fulfill that mission: ‘With the eyes of faith, consider the greatness of your mission and the wonderful amount of good which you can accomplish.’ ”
Hoban, located at 1 Holy Cross Blvd. in east Akron, is a Catholic high school sponsored by the Brothers of Holy Cross, based in Notre Dame, Ind. It has an enrollment of 850 students from six area counties and more than 10,000 alumni.
The core values of the Holy Cross Congregation are in reliance of divine providence; excellence; cultivation of the heart and mind; inclusiveness; discipline; option for the poor; hope; family; integrity and zeal.
For more information about Hoban, go to www.hoban.org.