Collegeville: Renovation of Emmaus Hall

This is exciting. Emmaus Hall, home to the School of Theology and Seminary in at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, is about to be renovated. Groundbreaking for the first stage – chapel and refectory – will be this late summer or soon thereafter. It has been my delightful burden the past several months to serve on several time-consuming committees dealing with plans for the entire building, chapel redesign, possibilities for a new pipe organ, and audio/video plans via renowned acoustical consultant Scott Riedel.

Here is a video on the spiritual foundation for this renovation project:

Soon we will be able to share more about the exciting plans which are still in progress. Suffice it to say that we are doing this right – this is a massive reconception, not just a touchup. New altar, ambo, seating – made from Saint John’s oak? Commissioned contemporary vestments designed for this space? Commissioned suspended crucifix in neo-Italianate style over the altar? New statue of Our Lady? Acoustics requiring only modest amplification at the ambo, with all music-making unamplified in a resonant space? And so forth. It will be exciting to see how plans develop.

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