The Renovation of the Chapel is Complete

Author: Sally McCuen, Hospitality Coordinator

With the renovation of St. Bonaventure Chapel complete, people are gathering once more for Mass and the Blessing of the Sick. The renovation was historically inspired with the hope of capturing various elements of the worship space from the time that Blessed Solanus prayed in the chapel.

The ceiling displays a gentle blue hue with wooden beams augmenting the Gothic styled arches. At various points, flecks of gold are added to pillars and patterns along the choir loft’s balcony.

The ornate wooden main altar is once again the home of the Blessed Sacrament. The altar, which is well over a hundred years old, was lifted and a new sanctuary floor constructed to feature the ambo, the presider’s chair and the altar table used for consecration.

Perhaps one of the most stunning additions is the hand-painted angels that surround the sanctuary. The rich colors draw the eye to the Mystery that is residing in that sacred space.

A new Sacred Heart Shrine has also been fashioned by Joe Koch, who is on staff at the Solanus Center in the Facilities Maintenance Dept. The detailed painting was done by Jeffery Duchene and his daughter, Elisha.

In the rear of the chapel is a special area which houses the lifelike statue of Blessed Solanus (complete with his blue eyes) and the First-Class Relic of Blessed Solanus.

The chapel is open to the public each day from 7 AM to 5 PM. A Blessing of the Sacred Heart Shrine will take place on Sunday, Feb. 3 at the 9 AM Mass with Bishop Hanchon.