Dear parishioners and friends of Gesu,
On behalf of the Church of the Gesu and Marquette University, we are writing today to provide a positive update on the parking situation we have been working through the past few weeks. After two productive meetings this week, we are pleased to announce that we have developed a mutually agreeable plan for a parking collaboration between Marquette and Gesu.
This spring, Marquette will begin construction on a new surface lot for faculty and staff immediately west of the current Lot F, which will be available to Gesu parishioners on weekends. Additionally, Marquette will provide permanent weekend access to Lot G (just south of Lot F) and access to the law school parking structure on Sundays. Gesu parishioners will also be given access to the remaining spaces in Lot F that will become available next spring when the Athletic and Health Performance Research Center is completed. Finally, Marquette and the Church of the Gesu will jointly conduct a longer-term study on additional parking options near Gesu and for Lot J.
Gesu and Marquette have long enjoyed a relationship that goes far beyond our proximity to one another--it is a bond rooted in our Catholic, Jesuit tradition and one built on mutual respect. We want all of you to know that we are both committed to fostering this relationship to the benefit of both institutions. It is in this spirit that we have agreed to meet regularly and maintain an open dialogue with respect to important topics that mutually affect Marquette and the parish.
Further, as outlined in our shared services agreement, Gesu will continue to support Marquette's campus ministry efforts and Marquette will provide Gesu a number of services, including information technology infrastructure and support, facilities services, and public safety.
Lastly, it is important that we point out that the short-term plan during the construction of Marquette's new Athletic and Human Performance Research Center will still impact parishioners' parking patterns, requiring temporary alternate parking locations. Those short-term parking sites will be posted in this weekend's bulletin and made available on the Gesu website early next week. (You may still park in Lot F this weekend.) In the spirit of ongoing collaboration between our two institutions, we ask for your patience and cooperation during this time of transition.
We thank you for your passionate support of the parish, and may God bless Gesu and Marquette University and our collaborative efforts in ministry.
Kind regards and blessings,
Fr. Jim Flaherty, S.J.
Pastor, Church of the Gesu
Michael R. Lovell
President, Marquette University