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Cardinal Keeler Chapel renovations underway at Saint Agnes Hospital

The small, European-style chapel at Saint Agnes Hospital is being renovated and renamed after Baltimore Cardinal William H. Keeler, who has helped to raise more than $21 million in capital costs for the institution since 2006, officials said Monday.

The chapel was closed last week and is expected to reopen in early December with new coats of paint, flooring and lighting and reupholstered pews.

“Cardinal Keeler has been a leader for many years in the Catholic church and the community,” said Lindy Small, president of the Saint Agnes Foundation, in a statement. “He’s also been a great friend to our organization — so this seemed like a perfect way for us to honor his service and spiritual guidance.”

Saint Agnes is the city’s oldest Catholic hospital and was founded on the city’s west side by the Daughters of Charity in 1862. It is a 296-bed hospital today, and recently underwent a more than $200 million expansion.

Cardinal Keeler, the retired Archbishop of Baltimore, has been honorary chairman of the Saint Agnes Hospital Beacon of Hope capital campaign. The chapel’s new name will be “The Cardinal Keeler Chapel.”