“The very center of our faith is the Eucharist,” said Fr. James Jugenheimer, pastor. He said that such a chapel was a dream of his from when he arrived in Oshkosh in 2007.
“I’d only been here a few weeks,” he said, “and a group of parishioners came to me right away and talked about the efforts to get a perpetual adoration chapel here. And I was 100 percent behind it. The difficulty was getting a location that worked for all the parishes.”
The chapel is a ministry of all the Oshkosh parishes — Most Blessed Sacrament, St. Jude and St. Raphael. Members of all three parishes have volunteered as adorers. Church law states that the exposed Blessed Sacrament must have two adorers present at all times.
More than 600 people have signed up for the ministry. Kathie Reed is coordinator of the adoration schedule.
“It’s amazing,” Reed said. “People are just on fire for the Lord. The city is coming together and everyone is working on the same page.”
The Blessed Sacrament will be placed in an antique monstrance that was previously used in Corpus Christi processions and dates back to the early days of St. Mary’s, which was founded in 1856. The altar and pedestal for the monstrance are being hand-carved by an anonymous volunteer.
“I’m very excited about this,” said Fr. Jugenheimer. “Our city will reap great fruits.”
For more information on the chapel, or to volunteer as an adorer, contact Kathie Reed at [email protected] The chapel is located at 442 Monroe St. in Oshkosh.