Recent Years and NOW!
In recent years as the steeple has aged, leaks have been occurring and water has been making its way inside, causing plaster to fall on the altar occasionally and staining the inside of the dome as well as indicating structural problems. In addition, the lights that illuminated the stained glass had long since burned out and couldn’t be reached to be replaced.
By the end of the 2018-19 school year, funds had become available to repair the steeple. Over the summer, church services were moved to the Becket Chapel, and the entire altar area was covered with plywood and cardboard. A wall of plastic was installed between the altar and the pews to minimize construction dust and debris from getting into the rest of the church and the organ in the loft. Scaffolding was erected for workers to access the dome and the inside of the steeple. On the outside of the building, ladders and lifts enabled the workers to reach the steeple.
July 2019 – Steeple repairs underway
By the end of the summer and beginning of the new school year, the sanctuary was open for use again, with the leaks repaired and sealed, and the outside painted to match the original color. The stained glass outside was covered with protective plexiglass. Inside, the dome and interior of the steeple had been repaired and painted. The original lights had been reached and replaced by energy efficient LED lights that produce the same amount of light as originally intended.