DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — Eighty year old Pat Costello chips away at the brick exterior. He is determined to salvage a piece from his past.
Costello has a sentimental attachment to the former Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Davenport. He attended the parochial school, beginning in 1942.
The building is living on borrowed time. There is an asbestos problem and is destined for demolition this summer.
However, before then, one final fling for the many students who attended the school. On Saturday, June 24th, there will be a cookout celebration
following the 4pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Limited, guided tours of the school are planned.
The building is about one hundred years old. The curtain remains intact on the auditorium stage. The architecture and view from the balcony are special. Soon that piece of Catholic school history will disappear.
John Carroll graduated from the school. He remembers the nuns who taught there. The Blessed Virgin Mary Sisters. He says they were wonderful educators and jokes that you did not want to get on their bad side!
Soon, the building makes way for an expansion project already underway at the cathedral. The site of the former school will become additional parking space for parishioners.
A transition from past to present. A sentimental journey steeped in parochial school history!