Fr. Ed Coleman leads prayer in the renovated chapel at Regis High School. Regis High School
Fr. Ed Coleman leads prayer in the renovated chapel at Regis High School. Regis High School
STAYTON — Regis High School is nearly finished renovating its on-campus chapel, an eight-month project funded entirely through donations. The space now can hold up to 60 people.

When the school was designed, the chapel was constructed with the idea that it would be the heart of the school. As Regis’s attendance rate grew, the focal point moved to the student center and library, which could hold more people.

“The chapel was hardly used,” said Mark Dol, member of a Regis committee that focuses on Catholic identity. “Many students didn’t know it was there.”

The committee,  made up of volunteers, envisioned the chapel being used more. The committee — which includes Regis principal Scott Coulter and Father Ed Coleman of Immaculate Conception Church — met with building contractors and local architects to design the renovations with a budget in mind. The process took about two years and there are still changes to be made, but Dol is pleased with the process.

“Since the renovations, I’ve seen many students using it, just for some quiet time,” said Dol. “Each class has a monthly Mass where they all meet in it and there are weekly adoration services, as well.”

The altar was built by local parishioner Art Christenson. Etched glass windows made by Bill Wilson of Wilson Glass were installed. A stained glass window to go behind the altar is being designed by alumnus Keith Kintz. A celebration of the chapel’s renovations is slated for spring term, as the school continues to update the sacred space.