Progress Continues on Small Chapel Renovation Project
The Chapel of the Holy Name of Jesus, the spiritual heart of the school, is currently undergoing its first renovation since it was originally constructed in 1901. Located in the administration wing of the main school building, the small chapel’s renovation and preservation began this summer and will continue through the fall.
A look at the chapel’s renovation progress so far:
- The altar, pews, and other items have all been removed.
- The pews are being repaired, restored, and re-stained.
- The carpet and tile flooring have been removed. The hardwood floor that sat beneath the carpet and tile floors has been sanded and prepared for re-finishing.
- The stained glass windows have been removed and transported to window restoration company Pearl River Glass. The cleaning, repair, and restoration of the windows have also begun. (Watch a video detailing how Jesuit’s stained glass windows will be repaired and restored.)
- The paintings — Scenes from the Life of Our Lady and Heroic Women of the Old Testament — have been removed and transported to Hudson+Salah Art Conservation, the company that will complete the restoration of these important art pieces.
Originally built as the student chapel at the College of the Immaculate Conception on Baronne Street, the small chapel was moved to its current location in 1925-26. The stained glass windows and dome, altar, and pews of the chapel were relocated and reconstructed on site to serve as the Jesuit community’s domestic chapel.
While the Chapel of the North American Martyrs, or the large chapel, continues to be used for monthly Masses and services on holy days of obligation, the small chapel plays an integral part in the worship life of the Jesuit High School community. Students use the spiritual oasis for daily Mass, weekly adoration of the blessed sacrament, personal prayer and reflection throughout the school day, and team and class Masses. Many Jesuit mothers meet weekly for the Mothers’ Rosary Group. Alumni classes also hold reunion Masses in the small chapel.
Learn more about the “100-year renovation” of the Holy Name Chapel.