Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and Newman Center
As one of the country’s flagship Newman Centers, the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel and Newman Center at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is vastly undersized. Working in collaboration with James McCrery of McCrery Architects and Dr. Denis McNamara, a brand new building will replace the 1960 structure. The new structure will approximately double the current square footage. The chapel alone will increase seating from 325 to 640 seats to better serve the vibrant, active Catholic student community.
Designed in an English Collegiate Gothic tradition, the narthex is rotated to the center of the building between the Newman Center and the Chapel to provide a single unified entrance as well as more seating in the chapel. An arcade of doric columns line the nave of the chapel. In the north transept, a side chapel dedicated to Our Lady will be utilized for smaller groups, Eucharistic Adoration, and additional seating for larger Masses. The sanctuary will contain antique altars, ambo, reading stand, and presidential chairs that were acquired from Ohio and England. The sanctuary appointments are being restored and constructed by Mountain View Millworks. The pieces are also receiving decorative paint by Gold Leaf Studios in Washington, DC. Stained glass windows are being designed and produced by Franz Mayer of Munich in Germany.
More information can be found at: www.huskercatholic.org