WASHINGTON — Pope Francis can’t very well pack up the altar from St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City and bring it with him when he visits the U.S.

So, while he’s at the mass being held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Sept. 23, he’ll be using an altar constructed especially for the occasion by a Maryland carpenter, and designed by Catholic University students.

Joe Taylor, Matthew Hoffman and Ariadne Cerritelli made up the winning design team for the papal furnishings –the altar, the papal chair, the deacon chairs, the ambo and the cantor stand.

Taylor, who graduated with an architecture degree in the spring, says this is technically a side project, but will probably go straight to the top of his resume.

“I think I peaked early in my career,” he told WNEW with a laugh.

“We wanted to bring the geometry and the materiality of inside the basilica out to the people,” he said.

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Papal furniture competition winner designs.

Papal furniture competition winner designs.

Because the National Shrine is much too small to accommodate the expected crowd of 25,000, the canonization Mass will be held outdoors, on the east portico.

But once the furniture was designed, it then had to be constructed.

That part of the process was handled primarily by David Cahoon, a Catholic carpenter who also serves as a deacon at his church in Darnestown, Maryland.

FREDERICK, MD - AUGUST 17: Carpenter Carlos Hernandez Cavero works on an altar that will be used by Pope Francis during his upcoming visit to the United States at Carriage Hill Custom Cabinets and Millwork August 17, 2015 in Frederick, Maryland. Catholic Deacon and carpenter Dave Cahoon and a team of carpenters and students designed and are building 14 pieces that will be used by Pope Francis Sept. 23 when he celebrates Mass on the east portico of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

FREDERICK, MD – AUGUST 17: Carpenter Carlos Hernandez Cavero works on an altar that will be used by Pope Francis during his upcoming visit to the United States at Carriage Hill Custom Cabinets and Millwork August 17, 2015 in Frederick, Maryland. Catholic Deacon and carpenter Dave Cahoon and a team of carpenters and students designed and are building 14 pieces that will be used by Pope Francis Sept. 23 when he celebrates Mass on the east portico of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Cahoon also built the altar used by Pope Benedict at Nationals Park in 2008.

For this project, he also recruited his friend Doug Fauth, the owner of Carriage Hill Custom Cabinets & Millwork in Frederick, and Lawrence Wroten, a woodworker based out of Mount Airy.

Wroten was in charge of designing the seal that’ll go on a panel of the papal chair.

“What I had to do, primarily, was figure out how to get it to be three-dimensional but very low profile so if he sat down and leaned back, it wouldn’t be stabbing him in the back,” Wroten says.

Lawrence Wroten standing next to the papal seal he etched into a panel of the papal chair. (Photo credit: John Domen/NewsRadio 99.1)

Lawrence Wroten standing next to the papal seal he etched into a panel of the papal chair. (Photo credit: John Domen/NewsRadio 99.1)

You can see more photos of the process on Wooten’s blog, MidnightWoodworking.com.

WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.