Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel
The groundbreaking of Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel began in August of 2011, but the dream of building a free-standing chapel has been long-held in the hearts of many. Founded as a teacher's college in 1921 by the Benedictine Sisters as Villa Madonna College, Thomas More College is the Catholic college of the Diocese of Covington, Ky. Welcoming students from all faiths, Thomas More College challenges students to examine the ultimate meaning of life, their place in the world and their responsibility to others.
On December 9, 2012, Mary Seat of Wisdom Chapel opened its doors and became a campus and community landmark and a symbol of the school's identity as a Catholic educational and cultural institution. It now serves as the physical focal point and spiritual heart of the Thomas More College campus. Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel includes a meditation chapel that is open 24 hours a day, serving as a welcoming place for spiritual reflection for students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of Thomas More College. Mass is held Monday-Friday at Noon and Sundays at 8 p.m., with exception of holidays and summer break.
Housed within Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel is the College's Office of Campus Ministry. The 8,500 square foot chapel seats more than 300 people and is available to alumni and supporters of Thomas More College for weddings.
Klenco Construction managed the construction of Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel. Klenco is located in Taylor Mill, Ky., and is led by President Chris Klensch and longtime Vice Presidents David Middendorf and Mark Baumann. Jay Guenther provided day-to-day supervision on the site, managing a team of dedicated field employees. Mark elaborated on the importance of taking on the project for the 20-year-old company, "Construction of this iconic structure was instrumental for Klenco in so many ways. We've always had a dedicated relationship with the Diocese of Covington with a vast quantity of projects throughout the years, including the construction of the entire campus of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and School and the renovation of the Cathedral, Basilica of the Assumption. While we have not been involved in the entire 12-year process from the initial design, we are proud to be a major part of its final accomplishment. It has been a pleasure and an honor to have worked with the College, architect and engineering team members the past 14.5 months to bring such a symbolic structure to fruition on the campus of Thomas More College and to the Northern Kentucky community."