Installed under plan to bring atmosphere of chapel more in line with its purpose
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The main chapel on the ground floor of the pastoral center of the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) has a more reverent atmosphere now that a new set of dark wood frame, stained-glass doors has been installed. The new doors contain glass panels depicting the AMS coat of arms and those of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services. The doors replace a drab, solid metal door set that was indistinguishable from those along corridors and common areas throughout the five-story, former seminary building.
Archbishop Broglio decided last year to give the stately marble chapel an entrance more fitting a place of worship. He approached Henninger’s Religious Goods of Cleveland, Ohio, where Mark Cousineau came up with the design. A crew installed the doors on Friday, and today, before the regular weekday noon Mass, Archbishop Broglio blessed them.
Archbishop Broglio said:
“Christ is the Sheepgate and we have to be reminded of His presence. It was my desire to call attention to the location of the chapel so that, as soon as you enter the building, you know what is there. I am very grateful for the craftsmanship and the beauty of the finished product.”
Archbishop Broglio said the new doorway is part of a larger plan to bring the appearance of the chapel more in line with its purpose. That plan also includes replacing the large clear glass windows in the chapel with stained glass. The challenge is, how to pay for it. The new doors alone cost more than $19,000, and donations raised so far only cover about half that amount. Donations may be sent to:
AMS Chapel Fund
1025 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, D.C. 20017.