Saint Therese of Corcoran Chapel Design
Tuesday, January 17th, 2023
To create a truly meaningful chapel at the new Saint Therese of Corcoran community, Pope Design Group and Saint Therese met with a few key people to help review the plans and design.
Emily Weber, Hannah Packard and Grace Becher from Pope, along with Dinah Martin Kmetz from Saint Therese met with Father Tom Margevicius, the Director of Worship for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to review the plans and renderings for Corcoran’s new chapel. He provided valuable input on the locations of the tabernacle, statues, artwork, stations of the cross and a fixed font.
Father Margevicius gave input on how to make the space more prayerful and flexible for the broader community. For example, the tabernacle is an important feature for the religious use of the space. With his help, the team decided to incorporate the tabernacle as a furniture piece at the alter so that it can be in a prominent location during worship services, but also easily moved for other events.
Saint Therese also has a long history with the St. Paul’s Monastery in Maplewood, MN. The group also met with Sister Marie Fujan to tour the Monastery’s chapel and look over Corcoran’s chapel, sacristy spaces and design images. Pope designed the new Monastery with the Sisters of St. Benedict.
Saint Therese of Corcoran is a new continuum of living community on 13 acres in the City of Corcoran’s Southeast District. It is currently under construction and will open in early 2024.