Plans for a long-desired interfaith chapel at LaGuardia Airport have grown 560 square feet, with high ceilings and a wall of glass windows, according to architectural renderings. Also, two stained-glass windows from the original Lady of the Skies Chapel at JFK International Airport have been offered to the LaGuardia project.
Chaplains will have access to room in the new Central Hall at LaGuardia Airport, between Terminals B and C, after renovations are completed there in 4th Quarter 2022, a Port Authority official confirmed.
What appeared to be a moment of optimism regarding proposed spaces for religious services at the renovated LaGuardia Airport has turned into more uncertainty.
Two airport chaplains from St. Louis recently visited New York City and instantly identified with the struggles of Father Chris Piasta and Rabbi Ari Korenblit to establish a multi-faith chapel at nearby LaGuardia Airport. The visitors had a similar experience when a chapel was commandeered for restaurant space at St. Louis Lambert International Airport.
A five-year quest by the Catholic chaplain at LaGuardia Airport to get a religious chapel opened has been grounded by the regional mega-agency that runs one of the nation’s busiest airports.
Summer is traditionally the season when families leave town on vacation, and church life often slows to a crawl. But in a year unlike any other, churches across the diocese are seeking to return to “normalcy” by hosting summertime events to entertain those parishioners who opt for “staycations.”