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Perpetual Adoration Chapel

For current updates about this project, please visit the Perpetual Adoration Chapel update news story.

In the decades since the founding of Aquinas College, all who have visited us have truly brought a great light to our campus. It is through this light that programs have grown, minds have thought, degrees have been conferred, and lives have been changed. However, through all of this, the center of our reason for existence continues to be the Eucharist. Now as the College continues to grow and expand, we are adding a wonderful new program and facility to our campus that will offer Perpetual Adoration. This adoration will truly allow all faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends, and visitors to our campus the opportunity to visit the Holy Body any time, day or night. The current space on the campus known as ‘The Carriage House’ is being renovated to be a Perpetual Adoration Chapel. This Chapel will be the first of its kind in Davidson County and we hope that it will truly bring new light to Nashville and beyond!

“Because Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, he is to be honored with the worship of adoration. “To visit the Blessed Sacrament is…a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord”
— (Paul VI, MF 66). Catechism of the Catholic Church 1418

Adoration Chapel watercolor

Artist’s rendering of the Perpetual Adoration Chapel, formerly known as the Carriage House

As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist deepened, the Church became conscious of the meaning of silent adoration of the Lord present under the Eucharistic species.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1379

The Carriage House Before

Encounter

Your face, O Lord, I seek.

Psalm 27

monstrance white backgroundThe transforming encounter with Christ in the Eucharist heals, restores, establishes confidence, confirms and draws the heart and mind to increase faith, deepen love and strengthen hope.

“If it weren’t for the perpetual adoration chapel in my old parish I would have never had a conversion. It is the most important addition our college could make. The more time you spend with anyone the more you begin to resemble them, and that includes the Eucharist.”
— Kyle B.

Transformation

Lo! before our eyes and living, is the Sacred Bread life-giving,
theme of canticle and hymn.
Source of all we have or know, feed and lead us here below.
grant that with Your Saints above,
sitting at the feast of love
we may see You face to face.
Lauda Sion
— St. Thomas Aquinas

Eucharistic adoration deepens our relationship with God and increases our capacity to love and be loved.

“The impact of having Perpetual Adoration at Aquinas College would be beyond exciting. I have personally seen the impact Adoration on Mondays and one Saturday a month has had on the community. There is a deep hunger for our Lord and having access to Perpetual Adoration would fill their hungry hearts and thirsting souls. There would be an undoubtedly joyous and positive impact on the Aquinas Community if we provided Perpetual Adoration.”
— Mario M.

Space

Father Kevin talkingEvery relationship is strengthened and made secure through time spent together.

One day within your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
Psalm 84

“It would proclaim to the Aquinas community the constant truth that Jesus is truly the center of our faith and mission.”
— Fr. Kevin M.

Capital Renovation Costs

Total Investment Required for the Perpetual Adoration Chapel — $100,000

Contact

For more information about supporting this and other causes, please contact Andrew Shafer, Vice President for Advancement, at (615) 297-7545 x526 or at shafera@aquinascollege.edu.

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Aquinas College Office of Advancement
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
Phone: (615) 297-7545 x526