Preserving Our Sacred Space: The historic chapel at St. Joseph’s Hospital will hold a special mass before closing for safe keeping during hospital construction

Sep. 04, 2012

Since August 2011 when ground broke for the last phase of restructuring, renovations have been underway both inside and outside St. Joseph’s Hospital. This September, the outdated building on the corner of Richmond and Grosvenor streets will be taken down and in its place a new accessible entrance, as well as plenty of green space and an outdoor garden, will emerge.

During this period of construction entrances and areas of the hospital will be closing for safety purposes. One such area is the St. Joseph’s Hospital Chapel. Built in 1915, the historic chapel with its intricate stained glass windows will be carefully preserved during construction.  On Sept. 5, St. Joseph’s will celebrate the year’s last Roman Catholic Mass, led by Bishop Ronald Fabbro, to be held in the Chapel before it closes its doors on Sept. 20. A temporary chapel is being created in the hospital’s atrium just off of the Grosvenor Café (cafeteria), which will be used for mass for the next two years.

For photo and interview opportunities, media are invited to attend the special mass, called Preserving Our Sacred Space, as well as the reception to follow.

What: Preserving Our Sacred Space, Roman Catholic Mass
When: Wednesday Sept. 5, at 12 noon
Where: St. Joseph’s Hospital Chapel, Zone A, Level 2 Room A2-002
Reception to follow in the Livingston Lounge, Zone E, Level 1 Room E1-112
St. Joseph’s Hospital
268 Grosvenor St., London (The closest entrance is on Grosvenor, Entrance 2 or Entrance 8 *note, it has stairs).

St. Joseph's Hospital Chapel


For more information:
Laura Janecka, Communication Assistant
Communication & Public Affairs
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
519 646-6100 ext. 64646

St. Joseph’s Hospital Construction: Backgrounder

Since August 2011, when ground broke for the last phase of construction, renovations have been underway both inside and outside St. Joseph’s Hospital. On the third floor, the former birthing centre has been transformed into 42,000 square/feet of purpose-built space for St. Joseph’s internationally recognized ambulatory medicine programs, including chronic disease care. On the outside, at the corner of Grosvenor and Wellington streets, new windows and sleek metal paneling that replaces deteriorating brick walls improve the building’s energy efficiency and give it a face-lift.

At the corner of Richmond and Grosvenor streets, meanwhile, the outdated building (Zone A) is being taken down and in its place a new accessible entrance, as well as plenty of green space and an outdoor garden featuring a “living-wall” of green foliage, will emerge.

What has moved

Programs and services that have recently moved into brand new spaces are:

  • Regional Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre, now located in zone B, level 0, room B0-644
  • Prescription Shop (pharmacy), now located in zone B, level 0, B0-216

On Sept. 18, Osteoporosis outpatient clinic (3M Osteoporosis Clinic) will be moving to newly renovated space in Zone B, Level 4, Room B4-084

In September, a central outpatient area is opening in Zone B, Level 3 featuring a single point of registration, bright, spacious areas, and improved patient privacy and amenities.  Outpatient clinics and services that will be moving into this new area are:

  • Chronic pain
  • Asthma
  • Allergy/immunology
  • Cardiovascular Investigation Unit
  • Chronic obstructive lung disease (COLD)
  • General respirology
  • Pulmonary Function Laboratory
  • Infectious diseases, which is moving from the current Oxford Street location into the hospital

New programs at St. Joseph’s

As part of acute care restructuring in London, two renowned programs will be joining St. Joseph’s.  The Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program and the Allergy and Immunology Program will move from London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) to St. Joseph’s Hospital, further strengthening the role of St. Joseph’s as a leader in ambulatory care and chronic disease management. As well, infectious diseases care at LHSC has merged with the infectious diseases care program at St. Joseph’s. Patients of these programs can find the clinics in the central outpatient area in zone B, level 3.

What will close

In addition to the move of several clinics and support services, entrances and other areas of the hospital will close for safety purposes during this last phase of construction at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

  • St. Joseph’s Hospital Chapel: For safekeeping, the historic chapel will close on Sept. 20 and is being carefully preserved during construction. It will reopen in early 2015. Alternate spaces for prayer and reflection are available.
  • Tunnel: The tunnel from the Grosvenor Street parking garage to St. Joseph’s Hospital will close on Oct. 1 and will reopen in early 2015.  However, the portion of the tunnel from the parking garage to Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care remains open.
  • Entrance 1: The entrance on Grosvenor Street closest to Richmond Street is now closed. Please use Entrance 2 on Grosvenor Street near the Urgent Care Centre, or Entrance 4 or 5 on Cheapside Street.

Accessible parking

Accessible parking is available in both the Grosvenor and Cheapside street parking garages. With the tunnel closure, those requiring easy access to the hospital after Oct. 1 should use the parking garage located on Cheapside Street or use the drop off circles at Grosvenor Entrance 2 or Cheapside Entrance 4.

History of the Chapel

The St. Joseph’s Hospital Chapel, that is seen today, was completed in 1915 and is considered a heritage site. The Chapel is a fundamental part of St. Joseph’s history and a legacy of the Sisters of St. Joseph, founders of the hospital. Several of the Sisters of St. Joseph are expected to attend the Preserving Our Sacred Space, Mass.

The Chapel will be carefully preserved during this construction and will reopen when the building is completed in early 2015.

About St. Joseph’s Health Care London

St. Joseph’s Health Care London is leading patient care, teaching and research centre in Canada with a distinguished legacy of service to London, Southwestern Ontario and the veterans of Canada, dating back more than 130 years. St. Joseph’s five key role areas include acute/ambulatory care, complex care and veterans care, long-term care, rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics and specialized mental health care. Facilities and services including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care and Regional Mental Health Care London and St. Thomas are part of the St. Joseph’s family. Our research arm, the Lawson Health Research Institute, continues to direct their research to the development of new knowledge that is continually being applied directly to patient care. Every year, nearly 600,000 patient visits are made to St. Joseph’s, where about 9,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care. St. Joseph’s is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario. For more information, visit

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