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‘The quietest place in the mall’: Franciscan Place offers church services

While most businesses in Carousel Center have an atmosphere designed to sell, entertain or convince people to spend their money, The Franciscan Place offers peace and quiet.

While most businesses in Carousel Center have an atmosphere designed to sell, entertain or convince people to spend their money, The Franciscan Place offers peace and quiet.

— While most businesses in Carousel Center have an atmosphere designed to sell, entertain or convince people to spend their money, The Franciscan Place offers peace and quiet.

The Franciscan Place is a Roman Catholic chapel that offers services five days a week and serves the spiritual and religious needs of mall-goers. It’s a quiet place where people of any denomination can pray or sit in a quiet, peaceful atmosphere.

Many people are pleasantly surprised to learn of The Franciscan Place, said chapel director Sister Mary Daniel Golembiewski.

“We get people in here from all over the country and even from other countries, and I often hear, ‘I wish we had a chapel like this in our mall,’” Golembiewski said.

Located in the commons level of the mall in a corner bordered by Designer Show Warehouse and the entrance from the parking garage, the chapel has been open for 12 years.

The chapel is associated with the Franciscan Church of the Assumption on Syracuse’s North Salina Street and is thus not its own parish, Sister Golembiewski said. The chapel offers services on weekdays only, so they do not interfere with the weekend services of other churches. It also offers reconciliation, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Praying of the Rosemary, she said.

One of the reasons the chapel is located in the mall is in keeping with Saint Francis’ tradition of “preaching good news of God’s mercy in the marketplace,” Sister Golembiewski said.

In addition to Catholic visitors, The Franciscan Place welcomes people of all denominations to its chapel to have a place to pray or for a quiet place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the mall.

People who have visited the chapel recently include Muslim men looking for a place to perform their daily prayer and a Methodist pastor and his youth group, Sister Golembiewski said. In addition to mall visitors, mall employees also frequent the chapel.

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