Final mass at historic chapel
London Community News
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A piece of London’s architectural history is being tucked away for safe keeping.
On Wednesday (Sept. 5), paitents, staff and invited guests joined with Bishop Ronald Fabbro in the chapel at St. Joseph’s hospital to celebrate mass one last time before the doors of the chapel are sealed for safety and to preserve the sacred space during the ongoing restructuring and renovation of the facility.
Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Heath Care Centre, was one of those in attendance at the mass and stressed the importance of the chapel, not only just to the hospital, but to the community at large. She noted how over the years, it has served patients, their families as well as staff, all who have found comfort here at one time or another.
“It’s really just a wonderful, unique little chapel that has served our community very well," said Kernaghan.
Built in 1915, the chapel is slated to be reopened in two years after the outdated building adjacent to it has been demolished and a new accessible entrance, green space and outdoor garden has been built.
In the interim, a temporary chapel is being created in the hospital’s atrium just off the Grosvenor Café.
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