We are grateful for your incredible generosity and are pleased to share we have already met our initial fundraising goal to refurbish ALL the chairs in The Church of Loretto! As we mentioned in our appeal letter, your gifts will now enable us to tackle other critical repairs and enhancements in our church. Thanks to your support, we are expanding our goal to $150,000 to help us address these other long-standing needs for our shared worship space. On behalf of our Congregation, thank you for your loving care of our sisters. —Sister M. Rose Edward (Goodrow), CSC

 Chair Renovation Project

After 30 years of constant use the chairs are worn out.

As Sisters of the Holy Cross, the values of inclusivity and hospitality are pivotal to our beliefs, and our church is often the focal point of this activity at Saint Mary’s.

With original construction that began in 1880, the Church of Our Lady of Loretto is the primary church for the Congregation, Saint Mary’s College, and hundreds of community members. During a normal year, the church is host to twice-daily Mass, many prayer celebrations, and Masses of Resurrection for our deceased sisters. The church is where nurses graduating from Saint Mary’s College receive their cherished pins, where weddings are celebrated, and where liturgical events such as “Lessons and Carols” at Christmas are jubilantly held.

Renovations needed

When the church was renovated in 1993, the current chairs were purchased. But after nearly 30 years of constant use, the chairs in the church are simply worn out. They are good, sturdy chairs, but the cushions are badly frayed, the padding is crushed, and some of the wooden frames need to be restored.

We are hopeful that we can soon open the church once again to the public, firmly putting this past year behind us. We would love to be able to do so with fresh chairs that are ready for eager visitors and especially for our aging sisters, who need more support than the current chairs can give.

Church of Our Lady of Loretto spring renovation project
Church of Our Lady of Loretto
Church of Our Lady of Loretto tabernacle
Church of Our Lady of Loretto chair renovation project

We need your help

Will you help invest with us not only for the comfort and safety of our older congregants (including many Sisters of the Holy Cross), but also for beauty and hope—hope that all of us will soon be back together to celebrate our shared faith.

Chairs in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto

Our goal this spring is to make the best use of the chairs we have by replacing the padding, reupholstering, and restoring the wood frames. Each chair costs only $120 to refurbish, but with 500 chairs in need of TLC, this restoration project will cost the Sisters of the Holy Cross $60,000.

A generous donor has offered to match every donation of $120 or more, up to $20,000. (Please know that should we exceed our goal of $60,000, all additional funds will be used to meet other restoration needs in the church.)

Thank you for helping with this worthwhile spring renovation project! Your gift—at any level that is right for you—is an investment in the comfort and safety of our sisters and each of our congregants, and is deeply appreciated. Most of all, you are investing in the beauty of community and in the hope that we will soon be together to celebrate our shared faith. God bless you!