LEBANON, Missouri- Mercy Hospital says construction is complete and it’s time for the community to get a look at Mercy Hospital Lebanon’s new chapel.

The space is very unique, because it was constructed within the hospital’s first interior courtyard. It’s been called a “ship in a bottle” because of its unique location. Elements include a metal roof to match the hospital, vision glass, cast stone, stained glass and natural and stone walls.

“We knew we needed a bigger space for prayer and quiet reflection,” said Brennon Willard, chairman of Mercy Health Foundation – Lebanon. “And our community agreed, coming together to give us the funds to pay for the project.”

Generous donors include the Mercy Lebanon Auxiliary, Mercy co-workers, and more than 30 community donors including Laclede Electric and the family of the late Ken Miller, a former hospital board member and supporter of the Mercy Health Foundation.

While seating is limited for the blessing and dedication, the community is invited and can visit the new space any time. “This will be a sacred space not only for our patients and families, but for our co-workers and we hope our entire community,” said Scott Childers, administrator at Mercy Hospital Lebanon.

Father David Miller from the St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church in Lebanon lead the June 27th the blessing ceremony