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Chancery chapel gets a face-lift

The small chapel at the Catholic Church Offices got a makeover recently and now features warmer inviting colors and updated ceilings and walls. LEAVEN PHOTO BY TODD HABIGER

by Joe Bollig

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The small chapel at the Catholic Church Offices here has a new look thanks to its first touch-up in at least 30 years. The work began in April and was completed in June.

All the vinyl wall covering in the chapel interior was removed, as was the old popcorn ceiling coating. The walls were recovered with a neutral beige-colored vinyl covering and the ceiling was painted with a white, knockdown-textured ceiling paint, said Dan Himmelberg, archdiocesan director of real estate and construction.

Some pews, in which cracks had formed in the wood, were repaired.

Additionally, the vestibule just inside the doors to the chancery was painted a light seafoam green after the removal of the vinyl wallpaper, “something warm and inviting,” said Himmelberg.

The chapel was scheduled to reopen for worship on June 20.

The work was done by Dayco Painting Company of Grandview, Missouri.

About the author

Joe Bollig

Joe has been with The Leaven since 1993. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in journalism. Before entering print journalism he worked in commercial radio. He has worked for the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press and Sun Publications in Overland Park. During his journalistic career he has covered beats including police, fire, business, features, general assignment and religion. While at The Leaven he has been a writer, photographer and videographer. He has won or shared several Catholic Press Association awards, as well as Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara awards for mission coverage. He graduated with a certification in catechesis from a two-year distance learning program offered by the Maryvale Institute for Catechesis, Theology, Philosophy and Religious Education at Old Oscott, Great Barr, in Birmingham, England.

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