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Bishop Burbidge Blesses New UNC-W Campus Ministry Chapel

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On Wednesday, August 31, 2011, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge dedicated a new chapel for Catholic Campus Ministry at UNC-Wilmington. Before the dedication, the Bishop offered Mass in the Campus Ministry Center for students, alumni and supporters.

This year Catholic Ministry on the UNC-W campus is marking its 25th anniversary. Concelebrating with the Bishop on Wednesday was Reverend Al Dash, who started the campus ministry on August 15, 1986, and continues to provide priestly ministry at the Center. Commenting on the anniversary, UNC-W’s current Catholic campus minister, Sister Rose McNamara, S.U., said that “over the years each new class of students has made its mark through sharing interests and talents, and through asking the relevant questions of their time.”

At the end of Mass the Bishop led a procession to the chapel, where he deposited the Blessed Sacrament in the new tabernacle, then blessed the tabernacle and anointed and consecrated the altar.

The new chapel adjoins the Center. “It is our hope,” Sister Rose said, “that this sacred space will provide the students with a place for personal and communal prayer as well as our Wednesday evening Eucharist. The chapel will be a perfect setting for praying the Rosary and the Liturgy of the Hours, and for developing habits of quiet contemplation.”

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Above: UNC-Wilmington campus ministry students attending Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge prior to dedication of new chapel.

Below: Bishop Burbidge anointing the altar of the new Campus Ministry chapel at UNC-W with sacred chrism.