Capitol Hill Chapel Vandalized

Posted January 26, 2007 at 3:30pm

Members of a two-month-old Capitol Hill Catholic congregation showed up for their Sunday service Jan. 21 to find two antique stained-glass windows cracked and displaced at their rented chapel, The Chapel at Historic Congressional Cemetery.

No one has been charged with the crime, and Archbishop Michael Seneco said he doesn’t think it’s likely that the guilty party will be found. However, the congregation will pay the $500 insurance deductible to restore the windows and replace the window casement and woodwork on the more than 100-year-old building.

The congregation is small, with about 10 to 25 people usually attending the Sunday service. A unique pet-friendly policy means four or five dogs also usually show up, Seneco said.

“Our congregation is small, but it is resolved to seeing that [the chapel] is fixed,” he said. “We’re going to do it one way or another.”

Seneco is asking for donations to help cover the cost. Checks should be sent to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Old Catholic Church Window Fund at 227 Tennessee Ave. NE, Washington, DC, 20002.

— Emily Yehle