|In order to provide for a more private and prayerful space, an existing alcove located near the formal crypt, one previously dedicated to the various religious orders that have contributed to Baltimore’s rich Catholic heritage, was modified to accommodate multiple adorers. A new display for the religious orders is still under discussion and will be restored once an appropriate location can be found.
In November of 2014, the chapel was remodeled to reflect it’s connection to the Cathedral/Basilica and dedicated to Monsignor Arthur Valenzano, past Rector of the Cathedral/Basilica.
A new altar was installed that also reflected the heritage of the 2 apse altars (St. Michael and St. James the Less) by it’s design and detail including the retabla and tabernacle.The only major difference was the construction of a dome for the monstrance. The monstrance itself was recently restored so that it could be included as a permanent component of the remodeled adoration chapel. The gothic style monstrance was actually recovered by a fisherman at nearby Loch Raven Reservoir who thought he had caught a large fish. He brought the damaged monstrance to then Rector James V. Hobbs, who kept it in the rectory until funds were made available to restore it to full use.The chapel can accommodate up to 6 adorers and can be accessed either via the crypt entrance area or from the Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel.
From May 14 until June 5 we will not have scheduled Eucharistic Adoration in the Basilica. We will use this time to regroup and come up with our new Adoration Schedule. That said, you are welcome to come pray at any time we are open!
From June 6 on, we will begin having Eucharistic Adoration on Tuesdays only. A link (from www.signupgenius.com) will be sent to everyone to give you an opportunity to sign up online for an hour with Our Lord. My goal is to get 3 people signed up for every hour—so we are never in a situation when the Eucharist is left alone.