Air Conditioning Installed 55-year-old Chapel
Seminarians Grateful for Financial Support
Kevin LeMelle is entering his second year of Theology as a seminarian at the Athenaeum of Ohio. He’s the first seminarian in 40 years from St. Bernard Parish in Springfield. He’s one of the nearly 100 seminarians who are living and studying at the Athenaeum during the fall semester. It’s the time of year when temperatures are starting to drop off, but even with the hottest days of the summer behind him, he still appreciates the central air conditioning installed this past spring in St. Gregory the Great Chapel and the six remaining unairconditioned classrooms.
“It would get really hot in the chapel most days,” said Mr. LeMelle. On weekdays, seminarians spend upwards of 2.5 hours a day in prayer in the chapel. They gather for Morning Prayer and daily Mass, midday praying of the Liturgy of the Hours, a Holy Hour, and Evening Prayer. “We’re all very appreciative of this project given the many hours we spend in the chapel,” said Mr. LeMelle.
At a cost of $768,399, the air conditioning installation was completed thanks to the generous contributions to the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign. This project is one example of the ongoing capital expenditures needed for improvements and upkeep of the nearly 60-year-old building that houses the main chapel, seminarian rooms and classrooms at the Athenaeum. The east wing of the Athenaeum, which also includes classrooms and seminarian rooms, is nearly 90 years old.
“I am very grateful for all the financial support from the campaign and the Archdiocese overall,” said Mr. LeMelle
Funds from the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign continue to foster vocations throughout the Archdiocese. For the current academic year, 49 seminarians for the Archdiocese are in formation at the Athenaeum (total enrollment is 95, with 46 attending from other dioceses). There are 9 college seminarians this year for our Archdiocese; studying at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus or Bishop Simon Brute College in Indianapolis before attending the Athenaeum.
In 2017, the Athenaeum received close to $2.5 million dollars from the campaign. In addition to the air conditioning project, campaign funds were used for endowment growth and tuition assistance for lay students.
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