After Extensive Renovations, the Historic Chapel of the Immaculate Conception Chapel - Rededicated
Emmitsburg, Maryland - The final phase of a four-year-long renovation project is complete and Mount St. Mary’s University’s historic Chapel of the Immaculate Conception will be re-dedicated on Tuesday, September 13, 2011.
The IC Chapel, built in 1911, is often considered the focal point of the University’s campus. “Since Mount St. Mary’s founding by Fr. John DuBois in 1808, the importance of the sacraments, especially the mass, has been central to the educational experience,” says Monsignor Steven Rohlfs, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary rector. “The centrality of the mass and Christian worship should not just be an intellectual concept but should be visually central throughout the campus. This is the primary importance of the restoration project of the chapel.”
During the first phases of the renovation project, the Chapel underwent the installation of a new roof, a new organ, lighting, sound system, cleaning and painting of the Chapel, Shrines and Stations of the Cross. This final phase, which began at close of spring semester 2011, the flooring was replaced with a newly designed marble floor and the pews were repaired and restored.