These historic statues of Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus — that date back more than 100 years, to St. Viator College — moved to a place of prominence back in August, at the beginning of a project to enhance the sacred space of the Alumni Memorial Chapel at Saint Viator High School.
The statues were set in front of a navy, hand stenciled backdrop, which appear like fleur-de-lis, subtly connecting worshipers with the Viatorians’ French heritage. But it would be months before the final components of the chapel project would arrive.
Last week, however, Fr. Daniel Lydon, CSV, President of Saint Viator High School, announced a series of upgrades in the works for the high school — including the renovation of the chapel — which were funded by donations for these specific projects, meaning no tuition dollars or capital campaign donations were used.
“I am committed to our relentless pursuit of a rigorous and meaningful academic program, the bold enhancement of our building and campus, and our financial vitality,” Fr. Lydon said in a letter to the school community. “We at Saint Viator have made a conscious decision to deepen our commitment to continuous advancement, access and achievement.”
A re-dedication of the chapel will take place during a 5 p.m. family Mass on Sunday. That’s when families will see all of the latest additions and hear about their relevance to the Saint Viator Community.
They also will be invited to walk throughout the building to tour model classrooms, enhanced with state-of-the-art technology equipment. A walk toward the Cahill gym will reveal work being done to transform the former concession area. Construction started in December to create a state-of-the-art wellness bar and gathering space. The space is named Burks Place, in memory of Saint Viator’s longtime Building and Grounds Director, Steve Burks.
“The time has come for Saint Viator High School to look boldly into the future,” Fr. Lydon added, “and to build upon our strong academic foundation as well as our vibrant Viatorian heritage and Catholic tradition.”