Star of the Sea chapel rededicated

 

KODIAK, Alaska - Capt. Karl Moore, commanding officer of Coast Guard Base Kodiak, gives a speech about the history of the base chapel during a re-dedication ceremony, while Lt. John Monahan, Base Kodiak command chaplain, looks on Dec. 9, 2011. The Star of the Sea Chapel, once known as Victory Chapel was moved from Swampy Acres on Fort Greely to the Naval Air Station in 1949. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

KODIAK, Alaska - Capt. Karl Moore, commanding officer of Coast Guard Base Kodiak, gives a speech about the history of the base chapel during a re-dedication ceremony, while Lt. John Monahan, Base Kodiak command chaplain, looks on Dec. 9, 2011. The Star of the Sea Chapel, once known as Victory Chapel was moved from Swampy Acres on Fort Greely to the Naval Air Station in 1949. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

By Auxiliarist Drew Herman

On a bright and cold Friday afternoon in Kodiak, the historic Star of the Sea Chapel reopened to serve the Coast Guard community after extensive renovations that lasted six months.

Chaplains Lt. John Monahan and Lt. David Bradley presided at the Dec. 9 rededication ceremony with Capt. Karl Moore, commanding officer of Base Support Unit Kodiak.

“The purpose of the renovation was to modernize the chapel,” Monahan said. “To make it more inviting, more a place of hope, a place of quiet, a place of serenity … a reservoir of strength to meet life’s challenges.”

Originally built for the U.S. Army as the Victory Chapel in 1942, the building was moved from Kodiak’s former Ft. Greely to its current location on what was then Naval Air Station Kodiak and renamed Star of the Sea in 1949.  The chapel transferred to the Coast Guard with the rest of the base in 1972, and continues to serve Coast Guard members and of all faiths and their families to this day.

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