Tuesday April 1, 2008

Expanding the Chapel

The University of Dayton invites the public to give input and get questions answered about its plans to renovate the Immaculate Conception Chapel.

The University of Dayton plans to renovate the Immaculate Conception Chapel as part of its overall master plan and invites the public to attend one of two information forums 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, or 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 13, on the fourth floor of the College Park Center, 1529 Brown St.

The chapel renovation committee will share its vision and gather ideas, opinions and priorities for the chapel's renovation. The committee will also introduce the public to the essential elements of church design guided by Catholic liturgical tradition.

"We are still at the very early stages," said sociology professor Claire Renzetti, co-chair of the committee. "We have nothing on paper at this point, no designs. With these sessions, which are designed to be interactive, we're letting people know what our vision is, and we're seeking input from the community."

For the renovation, UD has retained liturgical consultant Ken Griesemer of Kenneth J. Griesemer and Associates in Albuquerque, N.M.

The architects for the project, Craig Rafferty and Chip Lindeke III of the firm Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Lindeke Architects of St. Paul, Minn., also will be on hand to learn about UD and to listen to people's various hopes and desires for the renovation of the chapel, UD's primary communal worship space.

Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is recommended by April 9 as a light meal will be served at each session. To register, contact Teri Dickison at 937-229-3369 or dickistm@notes.udayton.edu.

The committee will host additional events to ensure inclusiveness and to keep the community informed, Renzetti said.