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St. John Fisher to build $3.4 million chapel

St. John Fisher College plans to construct a new chapel.

The Hermance Family Chapel of St. Basil the Great is slated to be built adjacent to Kearney Hall. The 9,000-square-feet chapel is expected to cost some, college officials said, noting the funding will be covered entirely through philanthropic efforts led by a principal gift from the Hermance Family Foundation.

“The project will realize the founding Basilian Fathers’ early vision for the college’s footprint, which included a chapel on the main axis of campus, and will honor the commitment of the congregation of St. Basil to St. John Fisher College,” President Gerard Rooney said. “We are grateful to the Hermance Family Foundation and the many donors who have helped us fulfill this vision.”

The Hermance Family Foundation gift was granted by Kris Brown Hermance, in honor of her late husband, Ronald Hermance Jr.

 Hermance rose to chairman and CEO of Hudson City Bancorp during his 21-year tenure with the company, which was acquired by M&T Bank in 2015.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. John Fisher, and was involved with the college, including serving on the board of trustees from 2009 until his death in 2014.

The college plans to mark the chapel’s construction with a groundbreaking ceremony in mid-July.

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