Powell City Council on March 20 recognized the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church's 25 years in the city.

Powell City Council on March 20 recognized the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church's 25 years in the city.

The church at 10700 Liberty Road South was founded July 14, 1987.

Monsignor George Schlegel and adult faith formation director Romy Riebe attended the meeting and accepted the proclamation on behalf of the church.

Schlegel told ThisWeek that 25 years ago, the church had 550 households among its parishioners. Now it has 3,600 households.

The church was one of the first two parishes established in the Columbus Diocese by Bishop James Griffin. Schlegel was its first pastor.

The church's first Masses were held in a leased storeroom that church members had cleaned and painted in the Olde Sawmill Square Shopping Center, the church's website says. The congregation met there for two years.

"It was huge to start with," Schlegel said. "Trying to fit into that leased storeroom didn't work very well at all, especially with the restroom right next to the altar."

The diocese gave the parish its current Liberty Road site of 18 acres. By June 1988, the parish's building committee had raised $870,000 to build a church. Church members broke ground in September 1988 and held a church dedication in November 1989.

The parish provides sacramental faith experiences, including five weekend Masses, reconciliation services, and the other sacraments, including confirmations, baptisms and marriages, the church's website says. The church also holds religious education classes.

The church plans a July 14 anniversary Mass and a dinner afterward for the parishioners, Schlegel said.

Schlegel was with the church the first six years, worked elsewhere for 18 years, and has returned to the area to retire.

The city recognized the church for being "outstanding in its assistance to the community in the physical, intellectual and spiritual growth of the youth of the area."

"There's a huge service that this church does and it extends beyond political borders." said Mayor Richard Cline.

For more information on the church, visit www.stjoanofarcpowell.org.

Council also:

• Proclaimed March as national athletics training month in the city. Kerry Waple, senior athletics trainer with Nationwide Children's Hospital, accepted the proclamation.

• Announced the city's charter review commission will meet at 7 p.m. on April 5 and 26, and May 3.