Members of the Caldwell University community gathered together April 24 to celebrate the final Mass that would be held in the Mother Joseph Chapel.
The chapel, which is located in one of the residence halls on campus, is being moved to a part of campus that is more easily accessible to students. In order to move the chapel from one building to another, it is necessary to comply with canon law, and the university followed the formal process to do this.
I was happy to be among the members of the Caldwell University community, students, professors, Sisters of Saint Dominic and benefactors of the institution who were present at this Mass. I even ran into Sister Elaine there!
The Mass itself was beautiful. In her remarks, Dr. Blattner, the university’s president, emphasized the importance of holding onto the old while embracing the new. She talked about the traditions of the existing chapel. The stained glass windows currently in the chapel were created and designed by Sister Julia Marie, who was a member of the Caldwell community. The newly designed chapel will incorporate the original design of the former chapel, such as the distinct green marble design of the altar.
The new chapel will be located in a more traveled area of campus. Hopefully, this move will encourage even more students to utilize it. It will be a perfect environment for students to go to when they need time to peacefully reflect. I am so glad I was able to attend the De-Commissioning Mass, as it was the last Mass that would ever be held in the chapel. It really put into perspective the importance of keeping the traditions of the school alive, and I was happy to be a part of the transition between the past and the future.