New Interfaith Center to Open by Beginning of Next Semester

May 20, 2007

Author: Lilly Riber

Source: The Tufts Daily

Tufts' new Interfaith Center, originally slated to open by the beginning of this semester, is scheduled to be up and running by September.

Located at 58 Winthrop Street, it will replace the former Catholic Center and provide a gathering space for all religious faiths.

According to University Chaplain David O'Leary, the project has been in the works since the university purchased the Catholic Center from the Archdiocese of Boston in the summer of 2004.

In order to justify the costs of renovating the building, administrators decided that it should serve all religious faiths instead of just Catholics.

"The university didn't want to pour money into something that was just for one religious group," according to O'Leary, who said that the Board of Trustees approved $1.4 million for the project.

Construction of the new center, which started around a month ago, is "well underway," Tufts' Associate Catholic Chaplain Ann Penick said.

Renovations to the old building are going to be fairly extensive. "The whole front third is being re-done," O'Leary said. "It's going to be very artistically beautiful."