St. Anthony’s moves into new year, new school

HARLINGEN — Soon after Rev. Lawrence Klein began his ministry here he had a vision.

His dream was to expand the facilities of the Catholic ministries and school at St. Anthony’s.

There were too many parishioners for the small space.

“Our community is growing and we have needed a larger facility to meet all of our various needs,” Klein said. “We have just under 1,000 kids in our religious program that is separate from our school.”

Yesterday marked a milestone as students got to learn their lessons in their new classrooms. The rooms are part of the St. Anthony Catholic School expansion, the church’s biggest development of the school since it opened in 1946.

The 13,000-square-foot expansion consists of six new classrooms, a community room, gymnasium, kitchen, administrative offices and classroom technology.

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