Last Mass held in Meriden, CT chapel

MERIDEN, CT (07-24-2013) - The Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, bishop of Arlington, celebrated the last Mass in the Franciscan Sisters' Chapel of St. John while visiting the Sisters. Bishop Loverde presided over the simple ceremony of desacralizing the chapel which included removing the Blessed Sacrament and the sacred liturgical items and then closing the door. The chapel, originally built in 1987 and destroyed by fire in 1988, was rebuilt in 1989 and has served as the main place of prayer for the Franciscan Community with Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours being offered daily. The chapel was named Chapel of St. John in honor of Archbishop John F. Whealon, the third Archbishop of Hartford who dedicated the chapel. The sacred space held memories of liturgical services and community ceremonies - receptions of postulants and novices, professions of vows, anointings of Sisters in times of illness, wakes for Sister Mary Chiara Rezende, Sister Immaculata Billow, Brother Angelo Elliott and Sister Jacoba Rzegocki, special Masses for deceased family members and friends, annual celebrations of St. Francis Day and Foundation Day, the presence of many local and visiting priests who through the years celebrated the Eucharist, and times of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

The chapel structure will be destroyed to be replaced by a new, larger chapel which will accommodate the growing numbers of Sisters in the Community. To find out how you can help the new chapel project, please contact the Sisters by email at meriden@fsecommunity.org or by mail at Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, 405 Allen Ave., Meriden, CT 06451. We welcome your support!