Pope’s Altar finds new home!

The suite of furniture used by Pope Francis when he celebrated Mass has found permanent residence in a newly refurbished Dublin Church – St. Joseph The Artisan.

Designed and manufactured by Specialist Joinery Group, the Sanctuary furniture was created for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Phoenix Park in Dublin last August. Group Chairman John Bosco O’Hagan said “without doubt” this was the most important project of his life.

“It is straight lines and a simple manufacture. There is nothing elaborate about the whole thing.

“The Pope is a simple man and he seems to live a very simple life, so the furniture is simple as well.”

St. Joseph the Artisan Church first opened its doors in Dublin 17 in October 1969. The Church had to be closed for five months during the recent renovation process and opened earlier this month.

The Church name comes from Joseph the husband of Mary who was a carpenter, not a powerful man in his community. Joseph was an ordinary man who lived a simple life. He was an honest worker and is known as the ‘Patron Saint of Workers’.

The Sanctuary furniture was in fact the company’s second commission for the World Meeting of Families celebration. Specialist Joinery Group launched an event for a book entitled “An Iconic Faith” by renowned author Patricia Keane, who is a presenter on Radio Maria Ireland and is Director of Charity Rebuild for Bosnia. It features the story of the company’s progression, the deeply held values of the O’Hagan family and includes details of involvement in the creation of the Icon “Amoris Laetitia” – the joy of love which was unveiled and anointed in Knock on 21st August 2017, then travelled to Rome for a blessing from Pope Francis.

Specialist Joinery Group are incredibly proud that the Sanctuary furniture has found a fitting new home at the centre of parish life at St. Joseph’s. Our involvement in this project has been an incredible moment in the company’s 31 years anniversary.