The Frederick News-Post reports that the bell tower at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md., which was damaged by a lightning strike earlier this year, will likely be repaired in time to ring for Christmas.
Catholic Education Daily reported last July that the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on campus caught fire after being struck by lightning. Nobody was injured, but the chapel was closed for repairs.
Mount St. Mary's president Thomas Powell told the News-Post that repairs to the Chapel have cost the University about $500,000.
According to the report:
Crews have replaced rafters, plywood sheeting and slate tile. A gold cross that sits atop the tower was not damaged but was taken off while workers make the needed repairs.
Powell said the cross will be placed back on the tower once construction is completed.
Powell said that for certain exceptional students he takes them on a tour of the bell tower and allows them to sign their name on a wall. He also brings a mallet on the tour to allow them to ring the bell.
Click here to watch a video of students from the Mount singing in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.
Mount St. Mary's University is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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