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Confession rarely is easy, but St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Milford has made it a little easier.

The parish used a portion of its One Faith, One Hope, One Love rebate to improve accessibility to its confessional, especially for those with mobility challenges.

“We changed it all around,” said Father Michael Cordier, the pastor. “It was inside the church, in the corner, a very small space. The confessional looked like an afterthought. Like a closet.”

And indeed the confessional also held an old floor-to-ceiling storage cabinet. Access was via a door to the crying room, an area Father Cordier described as “more of an all-purpose room.”

“We put in an entrance off our narthex, and made it larger and much more visible and accessible,” he said. “It’s more accessible for everybody, not just those in wheelchairs.”

With that area of the church more functional, a future project will provide it with some beautification. Funds from One Faith, One Hope, One Love have also been dedicated to installing stained glass windows for the crying room.

“We’re just trying to add some color and tell a story,” Father Cordier said.


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