The Closing of St. Josephs Chapel


To the editor:

I read the article on St. Josephs Chapel with great interest, (BroadsheetDAILY, January 10, 2018) although not a member of the parish I had a connection through my wife who not only did service there for many years but sat on the restoration committee.

I always felt the chapel got short shrift in the bigger scheme of things, this was the only chapel that had religious artwork dedicated to the crews of the planes that went down on 9-11 but was a participant in the events just like the other religious institutions in the area but was never really recognized as such.

I was fortunate enough to be allowed by Father Joe to be permitted to photograph many of the pieces of art for a project I was doing so I have a record of the amazing works that were placed in the chapel. I was also fortunate to view the consecration of the chapel by Cardinal Egan which was quite fascinating to me.
So I sadly say goodbye to an institution that survived 9-11 but couldn’t survive church politics.

Larry Leventhal
BPC Resident

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