ST. NAZIANZ - It's going to take a whole lot of time and money, but restoringa beautiful 38-acre property in St. Nazianz is a duty Linda and JimFrasch say they've been called to do.
"It had been deserted for quite a few years, there was graffitiand broken windows and a lot of damage done," said LindaFrasch.
The site was last used in the 1970's as JFK Prep School. Beforethat, it was a seminary for would-be priests.
"The property is beautiful. It needs some developing and alot of repair obviously, but it just has something here ... apeace," said Frasch.
"And room, room to run and room to grow."
The Fraschs sold their home and ministry in Green Bay in orderto buy the property. Their plan is to restore the site and make itinto a place Christian groups will want to come and visit.
"We want to offer this property to other ministries to come inand use the facility. We don't even believe in charging," saidFrasch.
In order to pay for the continued restoration of the propertyand expansion of programs, the ministry runs a thrift shop onsight. Right now, it is only open Wednesdays and Sundays. Startingin June, however, it will be open Monday through Saturday.
The Fraschs also welcome guests to come and walk around the restof the property. They're calling the site the St. Nazianz ChristianCenter.
"Up here it's just quiet. I like it because it clears yourhead," said Peter Clouthier, a former seminary student.
Clouthier loves being able to come back and visit even decadesafter he graduated. Though, he said it's hard to see the site insuch a dilapidated condition.
"I get sad to see what's happened to it. I'm not sure whatthey're going to do with it or what they can do with it, becausethey're going to have to get rid of the buildings ... most ofthem," said Clouthier.
The Fraschs are still trying to figure out just exactly what thesite will become. But they have faith it will all work out.
"We love people and we love kids and just want to share what wegot here," said Frasch.
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