The History of the St. Catherine of Bologna Performing Arts Center

The St. Catherine of Bologna Performing Arts Center is the first part of a three phase campus expansion campaign called Our Future in Focus: Vision 2020.

We celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking and dedication of the performing arts center on Nov. 5, 2019 with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and former superintendent of Catholic Schools Harry Plummer. Construction began in the spring of 2020 and continued through April 2021. The doors opened for the first time to audiences on Friday, April 9, 2021 for opening night of the NDP Players' production of Little Women.

The 20,000-square foot building houses NDP's instrumental musical education classrooms, and choir, dance, drama and digital video studios. We will also add classes in stagecraft and set design. The PAC is named after St. Catherine of Bologna, the patron saint of the arts. 

"Trust in God and believe that alone we will never be able to do something truly good."- St. Catherine of Bologna, Patron Saint of the Arts

It is with immense gratitude that we thank the strategic planning committee and all the donors who helped make our dream to build a performing arts center on the Notre Dame Preparatory campus a reality.  We especially want to recognize our lead donors without whom this building would not be possible. The following donors contributed $10,000 or more to the St. Catherine of Bologna Performing Arts Center:

  • Pitre Family Foundation - Mrs. Dody Pitre
  • Anonymous Foundation
  • Chuck and Susan Huttinger
  • Tom and Juli LaPorte
  • Dean and Leslie Tuftin
  • Tom and Jodi Chermack
  • John and Christina Hatherly
  • John and Julie Bolton
  • Russ and Lori Scaramella
  • Dennis and Sheila Doherty
  • Barry and Rikki Chasse
  • Gene and Jill Nagel
  • Shane and Andrea Doan
  • Bob and Shannon Goldwater
  • Richard and Lynne Miller
  • Paul and Kathleen Ohanian
  • John and Marjorie DeMoss
  • Steve and Nicole Williamson
  • Alfred and Megan Hackbarth
  • Richard and Victoria York
  • Scott and Tiffany Lambrecht
  • David and Tina Curran
  • Bert and Leigh Anne Odinet

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The Building of the PAC

From design to done!