Renovation in Response to Vatican Council II

Early in the 1970’s plans were underway to renovate the chapel in accord with liturgical changes that came out of the Second Vatican Council. In 1973 the renovation of the chapel sanctuary was completed. A new white marble altar adorned with Gothic arches replaced the large high altar and brought forward from the back of the apse so that the celebrant could face the assembly. The baldachino and the altar rail were completely removed. Also, the new ambo, throne of the Eucharist, and the presider’s chair were made of the same pure white Irish marble as the altar. A hand-carved statue of the Risen Christ,affixed to a brass cross with inlaid onyx panels, was suspended above the altar. Hand-carved statues of Mary and Joseph were hung on the wall where the side alters were once located.