Mount St. Joseph University

Mater Dei Chapel Undergoes Renovation

Campus News, Mission Integration

By: Sasha Feldmann

File Under: mater dei chapel, renovation, restoration

Artist Jim Foltz restoring mosaic.
Artist Jim Foltz of Radiant Arts Company

Mount St. Joseph University’s Mater Dei Chapel is currently being restored. Renovations include the return of the pews and wooden kneelers, which have been restored by Quality Wood Products as well as the stripping, reapplying, and buffing of the stone terrazzo floor by members of the Building and Grounds Staff.

Artist Jim Foltz of the Radiant Arts Company also hand-restored the Venetian tile mosaics of the Stations of the Cross.

Visitors are welcome to view the work through the glass doors, but may not enter while it is an active construction site.

The renovations are expected to be completed in time for the celebration of the Solemnity of St. Joseph on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

The chapel was the last building to be completed during the construction of the new campus in the early 1960s. The artwork was created by Sister Augusta Zimmer, teacher and chair of the Art Department at the Mount, and several of her students. December 17, 1962, marked the dedication, consecration of the main altar, and the first Mass.