With the recommendation of the Association of Notre Dame de Sainte-Croix and with the approval of the General Council, the conventual church in Le Mans, France, after years of neglect is undergoing a major exterior and interior renovation. In addition to being an active parish, the Congregation´s conventual church is also home to the International Shrine of Blessed Basile Moreau, which is committed to promoting the legacy of Holy Cross´s founder.
The outside of the building is partially covered in scaffolding as work is being done on the front and north façade of the church to repair the roof and to clean and fix the stone masonry.
The Chapel of Christ, the King, which was the Chapter Room during the time of Blessed Moreau, is showing a sparkling new look after a thorough cleaning and the addition of new lighting, windows, painting, and carpet. Eventually, the water damage in the apse and transepts in the church interior will be painted and plastered. In addition, the sacristy and St. Albert Room will also receive a fresh cleaning and painting, new lighting, and window frames.
The project, which is funded by the Le Mans Church Fund of the Generalate and parishioner contributions, is expected to be completed by 2023, the 150th anniversary of Blessed Basile Moreau’s death.
The General Council and the board of the Association of Notre Dame de Sainte-Croix are grateful to Fr. Paul Elie Cadet, C.S.C., Pastor of Notre Dame de Sainte-Croix and Director of the International Shrine of Blessed Basile Moreau, Fr. Joseph Gonsalvez, C.S.C., Associate Pastor, Ms. Tiphaine Hammerel, Administrative Assistant, and parishioner, M. Marc Laurent, for their oversight of these renovations which will serve as a wonderful tribute to the Congregation´s founder.