Abel Design Group, Ltd. (ADG) has been selected by the Cenacle Sisters to redesign The Houston Cenacle Retreat House, a sanctuary for prayer, discernment, and spiritual growth. The Retreat House is open to the public for individual guest reservations and events, and serves as a home to the Sisters who live at the facility year round. Simona Furini, ADG Principal, is heading the project. “The Sisters are a joy to work with,” stated Furini. “We are honored to work with them on this project, and to give them a Retreat House that will serve their needs for years to come.”
Originally built as a women’s only facility for the Cenacle Sisters, ADG is redesigning the Retreat House to improve the efficiency and flow of the public facing dining, meeting, and kitchen areas, and also provide the Sisters with private living areas. The Retreat House sees over 5,000 visitors each year and houses 6 Sisters. The overall design aesthetic of the Retreat House will be updated, as well.
“Our ministry is about the awakening and deepening faith with and for the people of our times,” stated Sister Sr. Lois Dideon, rc. “We feel blessed to have had the opportunity to call this home for the past fifty years. As with everything we are called to maintain the gifts given to us by God and the retreat house is one of those gifts. From our very first meeting with Abel Design Group we felt they understood our purpose and the respect we hold for a tranquil setting for those on retreat. Their choice of design aesthetic has been exactly what we were looking for and they are very professional in all of the details.”
About Abel Design Group
Founded in Houston, Texas in 2001, Abel Design Group is a premiere architecture and design firm that offers architecture and design services for corporate, hospitality, restaurant, and retail clients, nationally and internationally. Abel Design Group received several 2016 award wins – Interior Design Magazine Rising Giants for the sixth consecutive year, the Houston Business Journal Fast 100 for the fourth consecutive year, the Houston Business Journal Best Places to Work for the second consecutive year, and the American Institute of Architects 2016 Interior Design Award.
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