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Tulane University builds Center for Catholic life

Students, alumni and friends gathered Aug. 21 for the blessing of the new Tulane Catholic student center, the “Father Val A. McInnes, O.P., Center for Catholic Life” named after the Dominican priest who was considered an icon on campus since his arrival in 1966.
Father McInnes headed the Judeo-Christian Studies program and was a chaplain and pastor at the university. Archbishop Gregory Aymond welcomed students who are the “young church of today and the leaders of today and tomorrow” and blessed the new building, which is twice the size of the former structure on the same site. Once that building was torn down, it took only a year for F.H. Myers Construction to complete HMS Architects’ design. The three-story structure has a 140-seat chapel; a gathering hall and food preparation area; a large veranda on Zimple Street for outdoor activities; space for students to study, socialize and pray; a modern classroom and conference room; a Catholic library for spiritual formation; and offices for the Tulane Catholic staff. The Archdiocese of New Orleans worked with Tulane Catholic to make the new structure a reality. Weekday Masses will be noon Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday.