MILWAUKEE — Marquette University has received a $1 million grant to help preserve the historic St. Joan of Arc Chapel, courtesy of the Slaggie Family Foundation.
The chapel was built in France and was reconstructed on the Milwaukee campus more than 50 years ago.
The chapel has become popular for its Tuesday 10 p.m. mass, especially with students, according to a statement from the university.
The donation from the Slaggie Family Foundation now establishes an endowment dedicated to preserving the chapel's features, including its lintels, ceiling, flooring and roof.
The university is still seeking to raise another $3 million for the chapel's preservation.
President Michael R. Lovell said in a statement Thursday:
“St. Joan of Arc Chapel is a historical treasure and the spiritual centerpiece of our campus. I want to thank the Slaggie Family Foundation for ensuring that this unique and beloved prayerful space will inspire our students and the Marquette community long into the future.”