Immaculate Conception Chapel

In celebration of the 175th anniversary of their founding, the Franciscan Friars, T.O.R., undertook a renovation of their chapel at Saint Francis University, spearheaded by its Director of Mission Integration, Father Matthew Simons, T.O.R.

A main element of the renovation was the development of a liturgical lighting system for the chapel and its new elements. This lighting and the new stained glass windows in the narthex provided an opportunity to highlight the history and mission of the Franciscan Order.

Father Matthew asked Rambusch to develop a liturgical lighting system for the chapel in support of the services most commonly performed there: the Mass, weddings, funerals, and the occasional concert. Rambusch provided a layered lighting solution using fixtures made in their Jersey City workshops as well as a lighting control system with preset lighting scenes that support the varied uses of the chapel. An existing, custom-made canopy conceals the downlights, illuminating a suspended crucifix and the altar and chancel areas. Uplights, aimed toward the peak of the open ceiling, graze it with indirect light.

Rambusch also designed and fabricated stained glass for the narthex wall and Agape Chapel. These depict various saints who are of particular importance to the Franciscan T.O.R. They are shown standing within vines in the Garden of Eden under a starry sky.

The renovation has resulted in a chapel that can continue to provide inspiration for the college and its students for decades to come.