The Senior Class Gift represents a class's legacy, demonstrating what members of a class can achieve when they unite in pursuit of a common purpose. This year, the students on the Student Philanthropy Council ask the Class of 2021 to participate in the renovation of Caldwell Chapel, the spiritual heart of campus.

The renovation of Caldwell Chapel

Caldwell Chapel is the foundation of spiritual life at Catholic University. Generations of students have explored and deepened their faith there, and countless memories have been shared within its sacred walls.

In order to ensure that it remains open and accessible for generations of Cardinals to come, the Chapel is in need of a renovation that will preserve all of its historical and architectural significance. Heating and cooling systems will make it practical for use year-round, and the addition of an elevator will make it accessible for all who wish to visit. Many parts of the chapel will also receive much-needed repairs, including the organ, pews, choir loft, wood floors, sacristy, and altars.

Overall, the restoration will cost approximately $1 million and the goal is to have this work begin in the summer of 2021.

In order to ensure that it remains open and accessible for generations of Cardinals to come, the Chapel is in need of a renovation that will preserve all of its historical and architectural significance. Heating and cooling systems will make it practical for use year-round, and the addition of an elevator will make it accessible for all who wish to visit. Many parts of the chapel will also receive much-needed repairs, including the organ, pews, choir loft, wood floors, sacristy, and altars.

Overall, the restoration will cost approximately $1 million and the goal is to have this work begin in the summer of 2021.

Adopting two side altars

To fully renovate and preserve the chapel, we need our entire community to work together. The Class of 2021 will focus their efforts on raising funds to restore two of the 12 side altars.

The Class of 2021 will graduate during the year of St. Joseph, as declared by Pope Francis in his apostolic letter, "Patris Corde" ("With a father's heart"). The year — lasting from December 8, 2020, to December 8, 2021 — marks the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared a patron of the universal church. Our seniors will celebrate this occasion by raising the necessary funds to restore the side altars dedicated to St. Joseph and the Blessed Mother Mary.

Detail of the St. Joseph side altar in Caldwell Chapel
A detail of the St. Joseph side altar in Caldwell Chapel

Class goal: 50% participation

All gifts — no matter the size — will help the Class of 2021 reach its goal. By reaching 50% participation, the Class of 2021 will achieve the highest participation rate yet for a senior class gift.

Because the gift will represent the entire class, the Student Philanthropy Council wants every member of the Class of 2021 to participate. By helping to restore Caldwell Chapel, the senior class will ensure this vital space is enjoyed by generations of students to come.

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We encourage you to give online now. We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2021 when it reaches its goal.