Students at Michigan Technological University build a chapel made out of ice and celebrate Mass in the snow every year. This year's chapel even has “stained ice windows” built by students. (Photo: Facebook page of St. Albert the Great Catholic Campus Ministry at MTU) WATCH Video:
The Michigan engineering school began in 2016, under Rev. Ben Hasse during the winter carnival week. The students, who also belong to St. Albert the Great University Parish, entered a contest in 2015, of ice sculpting. They carved St. Peter’s Basilica and won the contest. Then in 2016, the idea for the ice chapel gained popularity. The entire construction of the ice chapel is student-led and allows students to grow in their faith. Daniel LaCroix, who graduated in 2018, was the architect of the chapel. The chapel is made of many ice bricks. The chapel is located in the church parking lot. The construction process takes several weeks and the help of dozens of students. The students also built snow pews. Some creative stained snow "glass" window include Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Holy Spirit using food coloring. Many students attend the ice Masses regularly.