Renovated Chapel Reopened for Spiritual Guidance to Patients, Family Members and Staff
The renamed chapel honors Cardinal William H. Keeler's dedication to Catholic healthcare and interfaith collaboration.
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Baltimore, Md. – Today, Saint Agnes Hospital formally rededicated its newly renovated, on-site chapel in honor of Cardinal William H. Keeler, honorary chairman of the hospital’s Beacon of Hope capital campaign and retired Archbishop of Baltimore. Bishop Denis J. Madden presided over the ceremony, which was attended by board members, donors, physicians and associates.
“It’s with a deep respect for Cardinal Keeler that we thank him for his long-time and unyielding commitment to our institution,” stated Anne Buening, vice president of mission integration at the hospital. “With his full support over the years, Saint Agnes has remained deeply dedicated to the spiritual well-being of our patients, families and staff members across all faiths and beliefs. We feel blessed to have this refreshed space to share with our communities in honor of such a dear friend.”
The chapel’s new name, “The Cardinal William H. Keeler Chapel”, honors Cardinal Keeler’s dedication to Catholic healthcare, interfaith collaboration and the success of Saint Agnes. As the honorary campaign chair for the hospital’s Beacon of Hope capital campaign since 2006, Cardinal Keeler has helped raise more than $21 million toward the $25 million campaign to transform, renovate and improve the hospital.
“We are most grateful to Saint Agnes Hospital for this wonderful recognition of Cardinal Keeler’s long and loving service to the people of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. We pray the chapel will continue to provide welcome rest and spiritual support to all who visit and that it will always reflect the personal warmth and kindness of our beloved Cardinal,” said Bishop Madden.
The chapel is a key part of Saint Agnes’ dedication to providing spiritually-centered healthcare. The hospital’s spiritual care department encourages patients and their families to use the chapel for reflection, prayer and attending Mass during their time at the hospital.
The chapel recently underwent a $240,000 renovation and reopened in December with a major paint refresh, updated flooring and lighting and reupholstered kneelers and pews. The renovations have enhanced the comforting architecture and European design elements of the existing structure and give patients and staff a renewed reason to utilize the chapel.
About Saint Agnes
Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1862, Saint Agnes Hospital is a 276-bed hospital recently completed a $200 million-plus expansion emphasizing patient safety in a high quality healthcare environment. Saint Agnes is the oldest Catholic hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and is a full-service teaching hospital with residency programs in medicine and surgery. The hospital’s key institutes include the: Cancer Institute; Cardiovascular Institute; Maryland Metabolic Institute; Orthopedic & Spine Institute; Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; and The Bunting Health Institute for Women & Children. Saint Agnes opened the first Chest Pain ED in the world more than 30 years ago, and continues to expand and grow its Emergency Services. www.stagnes.org
About Saint Agnes Hospital Foundation
The Saint Agnes Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that raised millions of dollars annually in support of Saint Agnes Healthcare. Its focus is on the strategic expansion of the six centers of excellence, new health programs, campus expansion, supplemental education for health care professionals, and leading-edge medical equipment and technology. https://give.stagnes.org/
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