HELENA – Carroll College is right in the middle of its 2017 Homecoming celebration.
The Helena campus has several new buildings to show returning alums this weekend…including the new All Saints Chapel, a building that has a long history with the campus.
“It’s been a wonderful labor of love for years,” said Father Marc Lenneman, Carroll College Campus Ministries Director.
“This was originally built as the gymnasium in 1917. The building itself has been a gymnasium, it’s also been used as a laboratory, it’s been used as a music department and it’s been used as a place for the fine arts.”
Father Marc said the building encompasses what Carroll is all about.
“A place where students are formed in their minds, but also in their hearts and souls and also in their bodies and now it’s come to this place where it’s now a chapel.”
Father Marc said the design of the chapel is focused and simple, with many Montana elements.
“The altar is Montana stone that comes from the Cabinet Mountains and the wood elements and the windows open up to the outdoors.”
“This just can’t be enclosed. We want the building to almost breathe so students come in and they can see out, but even as they’re walking by they can also see into the chapel.”
One of the highlights of the new chapel are the bronze sculptures on the south wall of the building depicting the Stations of the Cross.
“Truly I would say world class artists worked in this project and these bronzes actually came to us from Barcelona. Their names are Edwin and Veronica Dom De Nogales. They’re a married couple and they were taken with the mission of the college and decided they wanted to be part of this project. So they worked on these Stations of the Cross for us and they are dramatic.”
The Father said the chapel meets the school’s mission and Bishop Carroll’s vision.
“The vision is for students to come here and encounter Christ. To come to know God’s love in their life and be transformed by that love, but then just as importantly, and just as necessarily, to go and give that love to others who are in need.”
Father Marc said everything has come together with this project.
“It’s just a beautiful building and all of this was just kind of waiting for us. So we’re thankful for what that’s been and what we hope it comes for future generations of Carroll Saints.”
Father Marc added a thank you to Dick Anderson Construction the lead contractor on the project. He said their team did a great job.