Bishop Dedicates New Chapel Inside Nouvel C.C. 9-13-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Bishop Dedicates New Chapel Inside Nouvel C.C. 9-13-2010

As part of a renewed effort to strengthen Catholic identity, one classroom inside Nouvel Catholic Central High School underwent a major renovation this summer.
The room was transformed into a chapel for students, faculty and staff so they might have the opportunity to spend quiet time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament during the school day, church officials said.
Weekly Masses for the school community will be celebrated during the school year.
"It is my sincere hope that students, faculty and staff will frequently visit St. Paul Oratory, and that they may find that the presence of the Blessed Sacrament enlivens the Catholic identity and mission of Nouvel Catholic Central High School," said Bishop Joseph Cistone in a recent letter to Nouvel.
Monday's dedication took place on the 50th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated at the school, which first opened its doors as St. Paul Seminary in 1960.
The seminary ceased operation in 1970 and the building became the new site of Peter & Paul High School. In 1984, following the merger of three Saginaw-area Catholic high schools, the name was changed to Nouvel.
Nouvel Catholic Central was named in honor of the Rev. Henri Nouvel, a Jesuit missionary credited with celebrating the first Mass in the interior of Michigan's Lower Peninsula at the Saginaw River Valley on Dec. 3, 1675.
A monument stands today on Saginaw's Ojibway Island to commemorate that event.
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