New Chapel at St. Teresa's Academy Honors CSJs

by Mary Beth Compton, STA executive director of development

St. Teresa’s Academy is proud to announce the planned addition of a fourth building to its historic campus as part of its Inspiring Women capital campaign. The new building, containing the Chapel of St. Joseph and four high tech classrooms, will be known as the Windmoor Center. The chapel is beautifully designed to serve as a tribute to the school’s Catholic identity and the legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

The design process for the new building began with input from current faculty, staff and students to determine what was important for a worship space at the school and how the space could convey the mission and values of the Sisters of St. Joseph. The architects conducted research and learned that St. Teresa of Avila was the patron saint of lace makers, and that in the 1600s the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet began making lace as a source of income and as a tool for women to escape poverty. The artistic tradition of lace making continues today and is a vital part of the heritage of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Armed with the understanding of the special connection between lace and the Sisters of St. Joseph, the architects then began to study the beautiful architectural qualities of lace. They also explored how to design a building that would balance the unique characteristics of both a chapel and high tech classrooms.

The resulting design for the new building is exquisite. The building is brick, with the chapel side wrapped in a metal lace accent. It will be a beautiful addition to the
St. Teresa’s campus and will honor the rich heritage of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Above all, the chapel will be an intimate sacred space to enhance the experience and opportunities for the St. Teresa’s community to spend time in prayer, deepen their faith and grow in their relationship with God.

Click here to view photos of the updated chapel and high-tech classroom building.
 

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