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IHSI Annual Chapel in the Meadow, Mass and Picnic

September 11 @ 10:15 am EDT

 Italian POW Chapel in the Meadow at Camp Atterbury

Join the IHSI for our Annual Celebration of  Mass & Picnic

During WWII, over 3,000 Italian POWs were housed at Camp Atterbury. In order to create a place to worship which reflected their own heritage and felt like home, some of these soldiers, who had been artisans and craftsmen back in Italy, got permission to use excess materials and their own ingenuity to create The Chapel in the Meadow.
Today, we celebrate this legacy with an annual mass at the chapel.
  • 10:15 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
  • 11:00 a.m.  Mass
    • The celebrant will be Father Cesar.  Father Cesar speaks Italian, having spent 5 years studying in Rome.   
  • Picnic follows
    • Main dishes will be provided, as well as water to drink
    • Please bring a side dish, salad, beverage or dessert to pitch in

Mario Vian will chair the event. The mass at the chapel is always a poignant and solemn occasion followed by good camaraderie and good food. We hope you will make the drive to the Chapel and participate in this IHSI event, which has such a historic significance.



Access to the Italian Chapel is: 65 South to the Edinburgh/Flatrock exit, and continue west on Indiana 252 through Edinburgh.

Cross 31 and the road is called Old Hospital Rd., continue through to Camp Atterbury, passing the Atterbury Rock.

Continuing west and following the signs to POW Chapel, you will turn right (north) on Stone Arch Road. A sign will be there that reads “EVENT” and leads to the Chapel Parking lot.



September 11
10:15 am EDT
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Chapel in the Meadow
3008 Old Hospital Road
Edinburgh, IN 46124 United States