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The original chapel at the Paul VI Center, Cheshire, built in 1987, was part of the dwelling in which the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist resided and where they worshipped as a Community. In 1988, a fire completely destroyed the home and chapel except for the tabernacle, altar and charred wooden cross. Both the Cheshire and Meriden Fire Departments helped put out the fire. The fire received media coverage from television and newspapers. Many new and lasting relationships grew out of this tragedy.
The Paul VI Center was rebuilt with a new chapel in 1989, and blessed by John F. Whealon, Archbishop of Hartford, on August 13 of that year. This Chapel has served the Sisters and lay families for almost 25 years.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new chapel at the Paul VI Center will be held on Saturday, July 13, at 5 p.m. The new chapel will help meet the growing needs of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist who serve persons through counseling, education, home health care and hospice care.