Rivier University celebrates renovation of Resurrection Chapel with blessing and dedication ceremony

Bishop Francis Christian performs the Incensation of the Altar.

The Rivier community gathered for the blessing and dedication of Resurrection Chapel on September 21. The celebratory Mass included a blessing of the newly renovated chapel, which was recently completed as part of the University’s Gateway Projects, a series of campus and landscape design enhancements. 

“Resurrection Chapel serves as a beacon of faith welcoming the entire Rivier community to prayer and reflection,”says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President.  

Bishop Francis Christian of the Diocese of Manchester presided at the liturgy, concelebrating with Rivier Chaplain Brother Paul Demers, sc and Father Gerard Dion. Bishop Christian blessed the chapel and consecrated the altar through the ancient tradition using oil, water, and incense. 

The Chapel renovation was funded through generous donations from alumni beginning in 1963, and subsequent generous contributions from member of the Rivier University Board of Trustees, Leon Brassard, and his wife Jan, for the Chapel Plaza and Mrs. Cathy Everett, a friend of the University, for the tabernacle. 

For additional information on Resurrection Chapel and the Rivier University Gateway Projects, visit www.rivier.edu/gateway.