An $8 million Catholic church being built in Lower Paxton Township has taken recycling to new heights.
The new Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church — Romanesque in design, traditional in decor and sitting on the parish’s nearly 30-acre site along Interstate 81 in Lower Paxton Township — has made “adaptive reuse” its buzzword.
Its 41 stained-glass windows came from a closed Catholic church in Connecticut; the ornate Italian marble altar dating to 1921 once graced the former Immaculata Seminary in Washington, D.C., a girls’ school that closed in the 1970s.
The Stations of the Cross and the tabernacle were purchased through Internet companies that sell used church items.
Even statues of the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph and the body of Christ on the crucifix and several of the chandeliers came from the Holy Name church next door.
“Our vision was to build a traditional Catholic church,” said the Rev. Edward J. Quinlan, parish administrator. “It’s been a complex but fascinating project. Buying these things has given the church a beauty and dignity. This is classic Catholic church architecture.”
Joseph P. McFadden, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, will dedicate the new church at 11 a.m. Sunday. A reception will follow.
The church will replace a 51-year-old facility next door, which the parish has outgrown.
Holy Name has about 9,000 members, mostly from Lower Paxton and West Hanover townships. The old church has seating for 800 people, while the new church can accommodate 1,500 people.
Read more — and see how they’ve used part of an old altar to create a new baptismal font.
And you can see more construction photos here.