Quinnipiac celebrates opening of new Catholic Chapel and Center for Religion

The Rev. Jordan Lenaghan, left, and President John L. Lahey, right, cut the ribbon Monday to celebrate the opening of Quinnipiac University’s new Catholic Chapel and Center for Religion building on the Mount Carmel Campus. Contributed photo.

HAMDEN – Quinnipiac University christened its new Catholic Chapel and Center for Religion building Tuesday on its Mount Carmel campus.

“Opening this space as a student affairs-based programming unit is a sign of an innovative, cutting-edge commitment that the university has made to integrating religious literacy and ethical reflection and engagement into the education experience of our students,” said Rev. Jordan Lenaghan, executive director of university religious life at Quinnipiac. “It is recognition that religion is a critical aspect of so many issues, from the personal to the global geo-political. This is a place where we attend to that dimension of a student’s education.”

The 4,000-square-foot building includes office space, a lounge, a conference room, a full kitchen, an assembly room and a Catholic chapel. The university has already hosted programs on topics such as the intersection of religion and journalism, violence and monotheistic religions and youth homelessness in New Haven.

 “If we are going to educate our students fully, they have to be exposed to religion and ethical issues,” Lenaghan said. “This is a critical point in the lives of young people. This is the time where they ask the big questions; the existential questions. This space provides a place in which students can learn to ask better question of themselves, their community, their society, their culture and their world.”

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