Help Restore the Rock Chapel
St Beuno’s has been undergoing refurbishment and development over the past few years in order to have a first class retreat house ready for the next twenty years and beyond. This is a major project which has been mainly funded by the Jesuits in Britain. The Rock Chapel was not originally included in the renovation plans, but a recent structural survey has shown that we need to undertake significant repairs. We need to restore:
- Restore the roof
- Repair the stonework
- Restore the stained glass window frames
We would also like to take this opportunity to make improvements to the chapel and its setting:
- Redecorate and restore the interior
- Install solar-powered lighting to provide subtle interior lighting
- Landscape and improve the pathway leading to the chapel, and improve the woodland around it to make it more accessible for everyone.
Altogether this will cost £75,000. We have already received £34,000 from well-wishers and friends.
To help us raise the oustanding amount, go to the Rock Chapel donation page.
A bit of History
Built in 1876 to a design prepared by Ignatius Scoles SJ, a Jesuit student at St Beuno’s, the Rock Chapel or ‘the Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows’ is a place known and loved by many, and where many people have had important spiritual experiences.
As Brother Alan Harrison SJ, a member of the St Beuno’s team, says: “The Rock Chapel has served as a place of prayer, repose and reflection for succeeding generations of residents and visitors to St Beuno’s who find it provides a precious space in which to encounter God ‘heart speaking to heart’”.
The last upgrade to the Chapel was in 2011, when County Tipperary artist Claire Mulholland, having spent time here on retreat, made a gift of her artistic services and created the beautiful stained-glass windows.
In 2019, Will you be among those that secure it’s future? Your donation will help us preserve and enhance the chapel for the coming generations.