03 Jan 2018

St. Peter Claver chapel roof collapse: More information here.

On January 2, 2018 the roof of the St. Peter Claver chapel collapsed at 3:30pm. The building was unoccupied as the decision had been made weeks prior to seal off the chapel due to concerns about the integrity of the roof.

In early November, the parish community of St. Peter Claver noted some problems with the plaster ceiling of the chapel. An initial investigation revealed structural damage sufficient to merit closing off the chapel to safeguard the school and parish communities. The parish community began worshipping at the chapel at Marygrove College and the school community began to hold morning prayer in the gym.

Yesterday, two trusses collapsed pulling in the roof. Fortunately only a few people were in the surrounding buildings, and no one was injured.  

Our insurance company and the building engineers are currently assessing the damage and the repair options. The damaged building has been fenced off, and repairs or demolition will begin once the Archdiocese makes a decision on the future of the chapel. All other campus buildings and utilities are fully functional. Loyola High School will continue its regular activities and programming as we look to begin classes on January 8.

We appreciate your support and prayers as we make plans for the future of the chapel. We hope to return it back to normal operations as soon as possible. We give thanks for the great blessing that no one was harmed during the collapse.

Please monitor our site for more information regarding modified drop off, parking and other details regarding student and staff safety while we begin a new normal at Loyola. Our worship space may be unavailable but our faith remains strong.

One Comment

  • Jacqueline McClendon January 3, 2018

    Thankfully no one was hurt!! Praying for the entire situation, please let us know where to drop off on the 8th, probably on Pinehurst street? A Loyola parent.


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