Monday, November 19, 2012

The University Church and Its Renovations

The University Church, which is located on the Rose Hill campus, was built in 1845, and is one of the oldest buildings on campus.  The stained glass windows in the Church were originally meant for Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, but they were the wrong size and were donated by Archbishop Hughes.  The altar and tabernacle were also donated to the University from the present St. Patrick's Cathedral.  The tower bell is even said to be the inspiration for Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Bells."  Its beautiful examples of Gothic architecture gained widespread recognition as a beautiful piece of art when it was named a New York City landmark in 1970.  Aside from weekly Mass, the Church is also the site of countless weddings of members of the Fordham community.

This past June, the University Church closed for renovation the renovation of the organ loft and the installation of a new organ.  The Church finally re-opened on Sunday November 4th.

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