Ever since the Sisters of Charity of New York completed the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception near the original Motherhouse in present day Central Park, the chapel has always served the broader community. This spirit of welcome reflected the Sisters’ firm commitment to integrating prayer with real-world action for people in need.
Upon moving to Riverdale in 1856, the Sisters located the new chapel in the center of present-day Founders Hall, main building of College of Mount Saint Vincent. It quickly became the place where hundreds of Sisters would gather to pray, to profess their vows, or to be sent on mission. It has also served as a vital center of spiritual activity for students from the days of the Academy of Mount Saint Vincent to today’s students of the College, as well as friends and neighbors.
Restoration of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception mirrors restoration of the heart.
This major renewal project includes restoration of artwork and Stations of the Cross, a redesigned altar incorporating the original altar-front of 1846, a welcoming glass entrance, and upgrades for lighting, fire safety and accessibility. The tabernacle features the original door from the chapel at Central Park, linking the past, present and future of Charity.
Upon completion, this is where Sisters of Charity, College of Mount Saint Vincent students, alumnae/i, and friends will continue to renew their spirituality and ready their hearts for the different ways God is calling them to serve in the world.
Please download the brochure to learn the complete details of the chapel restoration project.
Your gift will help us restore the heart of our Congregation’s home at Mount Saint Vincent.
All gifts will be grouped by gift level and gratefully recognized with a permanent bronze engraving in the Chapel Book of Donors. The Chapel Book of Donors will be prominently displayed in the Chapel’s lobby below the wall tile of St. Vincent de Paul.
In addition, all donors will be lovingly remembered at a special Mass of Thanksgiving in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on December 14, 2019, the 160th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated at our beloved chapel!
Thank you for helping us restore the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Mount Saint Vincent where you will always be welcomed with open arms.
May God bless you!
Please download the pledge form for more information.