Funds being raised renovate Newman chapel

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Funds are being raised to give new life to St. John’s Chapel at Newman University.

St. John’s Chapel has always been a part of Newman University’s campus and plays host to many Masses, confessions, services and special events throughout each year.

The chapel has been outdated and in need of mending for some time now.

Father John Fogliasso became the Newman University chaplain in June 2014 and quickly noticed the chapel’s state of disrepair.

He said, “The pews cover just over half the chapel with chairs filling the rear portion, paint is chipping off of the wall, the carpet was riddled with stains, Confessions were heard in a utility closet, stained-glass windows are bowing, and the sanctuary is a large, empty area that appears dark and removed from the congregation.”

With the help of students, the sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, staff, faculty and administration, issues such as the confessional and carpet have been taken care of. The rest of the renovations will occur during summer 2019 if funds are raised by Spring 2019.

The renovation design committee is respecting the history of St. John’s Chapel and the artifacts it holds, said Fogliasso.

The new renovation plans include painting, adding new pews that will reach the back of the chapel, fixing the plaster and making the altar handicap accessible.

Fogliasso said, “I’m most looking forward to seeing the chapel in a condition that is more suitable for the sacred celebration that takes place within. Having a space that is in prime condition, where the design helps foster a spirit of prayer and contemplation, is exciting to anticipate.”

The cost of renovations will total more than $200,000. If you would like to donate, visit give.newmanu.edu or mail a check to the University Advancement Department, 3100 McCormick, Wichita, KS 67213.

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