The new Adoration Chapel on the campus of St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan. Joe Moore photo
The new Adoration Chapel on the campus of St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan. Joe Moore photo
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament can take special daily prominence in St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan, thanks to a recent renovation of its chapel into a site dedicated to its Exposition.

Photo Gallery: Blessing of the Adoration Chapel

The Adoration Chapel was officially revealed and blessed following the 4:30 p.m. Mass May 28, during which parishioners processed behind as Msgr. Thomas N. Gervasio, diocesan vicar general, carried the monstrance holding the Blessed Sacrament to its new home, accompanied by Father Juan Daniel Peirano, pastor, Msgr. Sam Sirianni, rector of St. Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, and other priests and deacons of the parish.

“Father Dan wanted a special place so people could come just for Adoration,” explained Vincenza Magliano, parish business manager. “There was an area of the chapel we were using – but his vision was to have a beautiful space for the monstrance open from morning until night. We put out [the request for sponsorship] and we were fortunate to get parishioners to help us get this vision to come to life.”

The chapel was first renovated in 1999 and has primarily been used for prayer and morning Masses. Adjacent to the main church building, the chapel is accessible through a corridor leading from the church vestibule during the hours the church building is open, or through an exterior access door when the main church is locked, now allowing adorers to enter the chapel between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily.

The monstrance is installed inside a transparent glass enclosure, displayed on a marble pedestal in front of a marble-faced wall. Inside the glass enclosure, special lighting goes dim when nobody is in the chapel, and motion sensors allow the lights to turn on when someone enters.

“One of our parishioners who owns a marble and stone company donated all the marble,” Magliano said, “and another family donated all the electrical work… we had so many generous donations ... it’s absolutely magnificent.”

Plans for the chapel began last November when the idea was first proposed by Father Peirano.

“Our parishioners were very receptive to and supportive of the project. People respond to Father Dan – he’s enthusiastic; when he put it out there, they were pleased with the idea.”