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New pastoral center under construction

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A new Catholic pastoral center is under construction in Savannah.

Bishop Gregory Hartmayer announced at a news conference Thursday plans to move the Diocese of Savannah's administrative offices from East Liberty Street to the former St. Mary's home orphanage on East Victory Drive. The building has been vacant since the orphanage closed in 2010.

"We have a creative architect that we worked with. We have 48,000 square feet inside we were able to work with our existing staff and then repurpose the area so it fits all our needs and the growth for the next 50 to 100 years," said Paul Nott, director of construction services.   

Hartmayer also blessed the grounds on Thursday. Plans include a chapel, an auditorium and meditation gardens. The move is expected to take place early in 2015.

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