As of March 2021 the Catholic Center is officially open, and students are beginning to use the space for prayer, fellowship, and studying. Yet it still lacks its most important element: a dedicated chapel where students can come to pray at all hours of the day and night.
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The plan is to convert the existing two-car garage to a small, beautiful chapel. It will hold about 25 students for daily Mass, and have its own door so that it can be available 24/7 via card access to students without the entire center being open.
Before he moved, Fr. Albert built the altar that will be placed in the Chapel.
Why was the chapel not included in the first stage of the building renovations?
From the beginning, the vision for the Catholic Center has included a chapel. However, during the renovation phase for the building, some unexpected costs came up. In order to obtain a certificate of occupancy and open the Center to students, fire safety and accessibility renovations had to be completed before we could start work on the chapel.
Why does the total campaign goal keep increasing?
When we launched Build Together, we set the campaign goal using the best information that we had regarding prospective costs. However, as we began work on the building, we were confronted with some unexpected costs, including about $250,000 to install a fire sprinkler system. In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Center and the BRCC, we have increased the campaign goal to account for the extra costs and ensure that a reasonable endowment will keep the Center running for years to come.
How much will the chapel cost?
The estimates that we have received from our contractor are roughly $250,000. This amount includes finishing the garage, installing an HVAC system, and replacing the garage door with sliding glass doors.
Why does the Catholic Center need a chapel if we already have Manning?
We are grateful to have been able to use Manning Chapel throughout the BRCC's history, and will continue using that space for Sunday Mass. However, having a dedicated Chapel in the Catholic Center will allow students greater access to prayer, silence, and the Eucharist. We envision daily Mass happening in the Center, so that students studying there can easily take a quick break for Mass in the middle of the day; Bible studies spending time in the Chapel before, during, or after meetings to center themselves; and the Chapel being accessible to students via card access 24/7, so that they can have a quiet space to pray whenever they need one.
Are these the final architectural plans for the Chapel?
No, these are working plans. Our architect is working on one final round of drawings for us.