GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
Colorado Mesa University has unveiled a beautiful new addition to the campus called the Center for Reflection.
The new building is referred to as the “crown jewel” of CMU and is a non-denominational chapel for students and staff to pray, to meditate, and to remember their loved ones.
The new chapel is one of the few that exists on any public campus, and a lot of the funds used to build it were raised privately, but it all started with one woman’s vision.
Water is symbolic of eternity and a fountain is said to represent a tunnel to eternity, according to Robert Pickering, and according to others; this fountain is part of a place that represents even more. Robert Bray is co-chair in fundraising close to $500,000 for the Center for Reflection. Robert says, “This place has been the missing piece in a puzzle of what is a great university.”
This chapel has taken a village to build, a team to raise funds, but it’s been envisioned by one woman for decades. Pat Bishop is that woman and an honorary chairperson. “I’ve been struggling with this idea since the 70’s,” said Bishop.
The center of reflection is called the “crown jewel” of the CMU campus, and it’s open to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which means a whole lot to some, but it means a whole lot more to others. “Thanks to all of you for being here. I wish, I wish Tilly could have been here to enjoy this moment too,” said Bishop during her speech. Tilly Bishop was a state senator here for 20 years, and he passed away 18 months ago. But Tilly was more than a senator who served the people. He was also Pat’s husband.
Now, a year after the building was planned to built originally during the onslaught of the pandemic in March 2020; the chapel is built, but it’s not quite complete, and neither is the fundraising. Bray says they’re still shy of their 500k commitment to the university that paid the full $2 million amount. “The money will go to the capital project at both the sanctuary, the grounds here, and the grotto behind us,” said Bray.
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