Centro San Juan Diego altar dedication set Nov. 5

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) –– Centro de San Juan Diego, an Apostolate of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington, will open early next month.

The Centro is located in the heart of Cardinal Valley and will serve the needs of the neighborhood community, which is primarily home to 10,000 Hispanic immigrants.

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In addition, the Centro’s services will extend to Hispanics in surrounding communities.

The ribbon cutting and altar dedication of the Centro de San Juan Diego will take place on Nov. 5 at 1389 Alexandria Drive in Lexington.

The Centro is the inspiration of Deacon Jim Bennett and his wife, Dot, who have worked in Hispanic ministry in the Catholic Diocese of Lexington for the past 22 years.

Construction of the Centro was funded by the Bennetts and it will offer a variety of social services to include medical screenings and monitoring, counseling individuals and families for common disorders like depression and addiction, legal services, classes for English as a second language, family nutrition and consular activities.

The Centro will also include a chapel for faith-based activities.

“The Centro is the fulfillment of a long-time dream. It will serve a community, which brings so much to this area, by providing a space to call home and services in a manner that will allow them to flourish in the ways that God wants for them,” said Deacon Bennett. “We are grateful to the diocese, and especially to Bishop John for his leadership, and to the many people who have come forward to offer their assistance for the Centro.”

“The Hispanic community needs to be better served by the Catholic Church and society as a whole,” said Bishop John Stowe, OFM, Conv. of Lexington, who will dedicate the altar in the Centro’s mission-style chapel. “I am grateful to the Bennetts for driving a project that will allow that community and our whole community to come together in a spirit of generous service.”

Thanks to their efforts on the Centro de San Juan Diego, the Bennetts were finalists for the annual Lumen Christi Award, given by Catholic Extension, a national group that supports rural and mission dioceses in the United States.

Catholic Extension profiled the Bennetts here:

www.catholicextension.org/stories/couple-builds-vibrant-catholic-ministry-with-hispanic-community-in-kentucky/