Brothers of Holy Cross, Moreau Province Commit $100,000 to Renovate Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel
St. Edward’s University recently welcomed the Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, S.T.L., D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Austin, to campus in order to celebrate a $100,000 commitment from the Brothers of Holy Cross, Moreau Province in support of the Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel renovation project.
“Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel has been an integral part of the community and personal prayer life of Holy Cross members,” says Brother William Zaydak, CSC, Provincial, Moreau Province. “Our gift will honor and ensure that this legacy will continue for the St. Edward’s University faith community.”
The early stages of work on the chapel, originally built in 1897, have already begun with construction and renovation expected to be completed by the fall of 2014.
St. Edward’s faculty members Kathleen and Ralph Wilburn are active parishioners and benefactors who have contributed to the Chapel. They feel blessed by the future transformation of the faith community’s home.
“It will be large enough to accommodate all of our students who attend the 9 p.m. Mass, and it will meet the needs for liturgy,” Kathleen Wilburn. “We feel blessed that we can have the opportunity to help provide the liturgical items that will create a beautiful sacred space in our beloved chapel.”
With the $3 million project now funded through generous gifts and funds from the University, St. Edward’s is turning its efforts toward securing additional needs, not included in the original budget, that Campus Ministry staff have identified as important for the liturgical environment. Though many of the items were already in the Chapel before renovations began, many are in poor repair, and some are simply the wrong size for the new space.
Some of these elements such as altar cloths are simple, while others like the tabernacle are of great significance. However, all are necessary to complete the liturgical environment in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel.
The fundraising drive to complete the Chapel’s liturgical environment will conclude when Bishop Vásquez returns to campus to celebrate Homecoming Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.