Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Archbishop Blesses Hospital Chapel.(Metropolitan)

Byline: Paul Logan Journal Staff Writer

University of New Mexico Hospital finally has a chapel everyone can be proud of, according to Sister Mary Theodora Paul.

"My lord, it's beautiful," said Paul, 81, Tuesday as the hospital volunteer prepared for Archbishop Michael Sheehan to celebrate a Mass and bless and dedicate the renovated chapel's new altar.

"Sometimes we had to open the doors because about 20 people had to stand in the hall because (the chapel) was too small."

The efforts of the hospital administration, volunteers and a generous donation helped refurbish the 40-seat chapel.

Hospital Chaplain Dave Hartenberger said the improvements have enhanced the spiritual time that patients, families and staff use "this sacred space" for meditation. …

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