Parish to open with school and senior living center

Des Moines Diocese to open new Catholic parish, school and senior living center

The combination of a large cash and land donations allows the Des Moines diocese, Iowa, to start a new Catholic parish, school and senior living center.

According to the Des Moines Register:

"The northwest Ankeny site for St. Luke the Evangelist Church will include a school for kindergarten through eighth grade and a senior living center.

Don Lamberti and his wife, Charlene, longtime members of Our Lady's, have donated $2 million toward the school project. While no timelines for construction have been set, Lamberti said Friday the school will open in time to benefit his great-grandchildren - along with countless other students.

Another family with longtime ties to Our Lady's will provide land for the new church, school and housing site. Fern Ringgenberg, along with the estate of her late sister, Mary, has donated 35 acres just west of Northwest Wiegel Drive and directly south of the future extension of Northwest 13th Street.

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