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Immaculate Conception Chapel

For Stephen E. Ticehurst, director of maintenance working in the Facilities and Insurance Department at the headquarters of the Diocese of Burlington in South Burlington, one of the happiest times of his life was transforming a room in the office building into a chapel. “I was just honored to be part of bringing a space to our employees where they could sit, reflect and be closer to God,” he said.
           
Employees had attended weekday Mass in a chapel at the former diocesan headquarters, The Bishop Brady Center on North Avenue in Burlington, before it was sold to Burlington College in 2010.
           
The Immaculate Conception Chapel at the current diocesan office building at 55 Joy Drive, is adorned with 11 windows: Two came from the St. Peter’s Chapel salvaged from the old Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception that burned; nine are from Holy Trinity Church in Danby.
           
“The larger windows are what is called museum-style glass, and the two smaller windows are traditional leaded stained glass,” Ticehurst explained.
           
The windows bear various symbols including the Sacred Heart of Jesus and a Christogram -- a symbol for Christ, consisting of the Greek letters chi (Χ) and rho (Ρ).
           
Ticehurst installed the windows between September and December 2014.
He restored broken glass and cleaned, repaired and repainted the frames. He built custom frames to fit the existing windows and custom milled and stained the woodwork to match the rest of the chapel.
           
“By installing the windows, there are no ‘outside’ distractions of the world,” Ticehurst said. “It brings you to a place of calm and peace, a chance to stop and be one with our Lord Jesus, to sit and reflect in a welcoming space.”
           
The windows make the room darker “so you naturally have a sense to whisper, to breath, to stop and take time to talk to God,” he continued. “As I built the chapel, it became more and more like a chapel: darker, more peaceful, less of an office space more like God’s space.”
           
Christina Holmes, accounts payables/accounts receivables manager for the Diocese of Burlington, tries to attend Mass in the chapel at less twice a week. “I think that it is wonderful to have Mass at the workplace because when I was growing up I never went to Mass during the week only if it was a holy day,” she said. “Also it is wonderful because if you need some quiet time to just go and pray during the day you can go in to the chapel anytime to do that.”
           
Confessions are heard in the chapel, and the diocese’s televised Mass is taped there.
           
Daily Mass is celebrated in the chapel on most workdays at noon, and the public is welcome to attend.
 
 
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