At the time our chapel was renovated, eight tapestries were created to enhance the atmosphere during the various Liturgical seasons. They were designed by Sisters Barbara Chenicek, OP, and Rita Schiltz, OP, Dominican Sisters from INAI Studios in Adrian, Michigan. While the Sisters created the art of the tapestries, we did all the sewing and construction work.
We invited any interested members of our worshiping community to attend a tapestry workshop during which the tapestries were shown for the first time. We decided on groups of 6-8 Sisters and friends, and drew straws to determine who would work on each piece. We proceeded to learn the sewing stitches and then, in their homes or at the monastery, each group worked on their tapestry during the six or so months as the Chapel reconstruction proceeded. During the first year the renovated Chapel was open, as each new Liturgical season began, the group that had worked on the tapestry for that season was invited to come and bring it into the Chapel for the first time.
Each tapestry is inspired by a scriptural quotation.