Saving Historic Chapel March 2013

At a gathering in Sacred Heart Chapel, now part of the Jane Winstone Retirement Village in Whanganui, the chief Executive of Ryman Healthcare, owners of the complex, announced that the Chapel would be upgraded.  Simon Challies said that $1million would be spent on strengthening the building which was closed last year as an earthquake risk.

Mr Challies went on to say that the state of the Chapel had left Rymans with a real dilemma due to the financial commitment.  However the company had been aware of a promise made that the Chapel would stay, and were well aware of the Chapel’s place in the Whanganui community with the village residents and with the Sisters of St Joseph.

Sister Catherine Shelton, representing the Sisters of St Joseph, said the decision was a good news story for the city and for the chapel. 
“When Ryman purchased the property, we did have a handshake agreement the Chapel would remain.  But we were well aware that at some stage they could have pulled it down.  We’re thrilled they have honoured that commitment,” she said.

The work is to begin at the end of this month and expected to be finished in 6-8 months. 

“Then there will be more weddings and services to look forward to in the Chapel,” Mr Challies said.


Sister Catherine Shelton and Simon Challies outside the Chapel.Photo and information courtesy of Whanganui Chronicle

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