When Father Michael Walsh arrived in July, 1982, the parish needed more space for staff offices and for the growing religious education and youth programs. Additionally, the need for a more functional fellowship area was recognized. Father Walsh, who served until 1988, took up the challenge and led the parish through its third major building program. The result was a new office complex and the Orleans Hall with its fully equipped commercial kitchen.
In Word and Sacrament Father Walsh spiritually fed the growing congregation. Now, through countless dinners, wedding and funeral receptions and special parish events, people were also being fed and served by St. Joan's kitchen managers and their dedicated volunteers. The services of these people will always be remembered.