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Making a List and Checking it Twice – For Saint Therese of Corcoran

For our new community in Corcoran, we’ve made a list and are checking it twice to ensure all is copacetic (aka “in excellent order”), when it comes to the chapel we are designing.

While our newest senior community won’t be open for occupancy for another 18 months or so, we’ve enlisted the guidance of two pretty important entities.

Sister Marie Fujan and Dinah Martin Kmetz

St. Paul’s Monastery – Saint Therese has a long history with the Monastery in Maplewood and a connection with Sister Marie Fujan[1]. Dinah Martin Kmetz of our project team and architects with Pope Design, met with Sister Marie in November to talk to her about the design for the chapel. She showed us the chapel at the Monastery, which is relatively new, and we showed her our plans for the Corcoran chapel, sacristy spaces and artist renderings.

Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis – In December, we had the distinct pleasure of meeting with Rev. Tom Margevicius, Director of Worship for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Father Margevicius provided valuable input on the location of the tabernacle, statues, artwork, stations of the cross and a fixed font. The combined Saint Therese and Pope team painstakingly looked through architectural drawings and renderings. We can’t thank him enough for his time and attention to detail.

Father Margevicius with the architectural team from Pope Design Group and members of Saint Therese staff

Saint Therese of Corcoran will have independent living, assisted living and memory care. Visit us at for more information. More details to come as our community takes shape. Until then, Merry Christmas!

[1] Sister Marie was part of the groundbreaking at our first community in New Hope, even helping to make beds prior to opening. She served on the Saint Therese Board of Directors; helped start the Pastoral Care Program at Oxbow Lake and worked there from 2006 to 2021.