Self-Guided Tour

Chapel DoorsChapel doors

The beautiful, bold front doors have been refurbished and will now welcome worshippers and visitors to the chapel. The chapel is universally accessible.


Gathering Space

All entrances lead to the gathering space, a place of welcome, and a threshold, a place of transition from the journey of everyday life to the celebration of liturgy. The faithful journey from many places and life experiences to be formed as one worshipping community. This also serves as a greeting area at funerals, weddings and other celebrations.

Baptismal Font

The baptismal font greets the faithful as they enter the nave, the main body of the worship space. Its placement reminds the faithful of their baptism, the first and foundational sacrament of the Christian life. Those who pass the font are invited to dip their hand in the life-giving waters and renew their baptismal promises as they sign themselves with the cross. The font also embraces those seeking baptism in its living waters. Both adults and infants can be baptized by effusion (partial immersion) in this font.

Woodcuts of Mary and the four evangelists, preserved from the hand-carved wooden pulpit, adorn the font’s base. These figures testify to those who received the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and whose words and deeds inspired others to be baptized. Mary, the first among the disciples with her “Yes” to God’s work in Jesus, stands at the center. The evangelists are depicted with symbols traditionally associated with them: Matthew (pen), Luke (ox), John (eagle) and Mark (lion). Elizabeth Allaire, of Cincinnati, Ohio, restored the woodcuts.

The two small fonts at the north and south entrances to the nave from the gathering space were designed and forged from copper by Michael Bendele, of Delphos, Ohio.

The Easter (Paschal) candle, prominently placed near the baptismal font, signifies the light of Christ in our midst, a light that no darkness can overcome. Each year, a new candle is blessed at the Easter Vigil. This candle’s light shines forth during the subsequent Masses of the Easter season and for all baptisms and funerals. Its flame reminds the faithful of the saving light of Christ, the guide and beacon of hope for all baptized into the life of the Triune God.

The Ambry

The vessels of holy oils remain close to the baptismal font, awaiting their use in the Church’s sacramental rituals. The sacred chrism is a fragrant oil used at baptisms, confirmations, holy orders, and the dedication of altars and churches. The oil of the sick is used for anointing those who are sick or dying, and the oil of the catechumenate is the ointment for those preparing for baptism. The base of the historical wooden pulpit also forms the base of the ambry.

The Sanctuary

The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy from Vatican Council II describes four expressions of the presence of Christ in the Mass — in all the baptized who gather in the name of Jesus; in the Word of God proclaimed in the assembly; in the priest, who presides at communal worship; and in the celebration of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. Prominent places in the chapel reflect these elements:

The altar, the primary symbol of Christ in a Catholic church, is the natural focal point of worship. Here, we recall and make present the sacrifice of Christ and are nourished by his body and blood to share in his life, death and resurrection. The Eucharist nourishes us for the pilgrim journey of Christian discipleship and service.

The ambo serves as the “table of the Word.” Here, the faithful feast on scripture, the living Word of God, as they listen to it proclaimed and preached. The ambo’s design echoes that of the altar to highlight Christian faith in the Triune God’s sacramental presence in the Word and the Eucharist. The ambo is fully accessible for people of all abilities.

The presider requires a place of prominence and visibility to lead the assembly in prayer and worship in the name of Jesus. The chair placed on the altar’s right serves that purpose and complements the designs of the altar and ambo.

The sanctuary features new, commissioned liturgical furnishings. These include an altar, ambo, presider chair, processional crucifix, altar candles, cantor stand and the Easter candle stand. Bro. Gary Marcinowski, S.M., associate professor of art and design at the University of Dayton, designed the sanctuary furnishings. Wood items were fashioned by Cassady Woodworks, and metal furnishings were made by Custom Metalworks, both of Dayton, Ohio. John Koepnick, of Lebanon, Ohio, designed and carved the corpus (body of Christ) on the processional crucifix.

Reredos

Mary Statue from Reredos

The statue of Mary, the Immaculate Conception has overlooked generations of the faithful and remains in its prominent place, resting in the reredos between statues of St. John and St. Joseph. In the spirit of the Marianist charism — “through the Mother to the Son” — the refurbished reredos has been granted another privilege, serving as an entrance to the new Eucharistic reservation chapel. According to oral history, the St. Joseph statue was converted from what was initially a statue of St. Peter

Eucharistic Reservation Chapel

reservation chapel entranceThe Eucharistic reservation chapel provides a worthy space for the tabernacle and facilitates private prayer and adoration for the many individuals and small groups who use the chapel regularly. Following Catholic Church guidelines in Built of Living Stones, the reservation chapel is in a space distinct from the altar connected to the main nave and easily accessible to the congregation. Ours is located to the east of the sanctuary in the worship space. Along with a newly designed tabernacle, the canopy and other decorative elements of the chapel’s historic hand-carved pulpit form the key features of the reservation chapel. The sanctuary lamp, which hangs above the entrance, is lit whenever the Blessed Sacrament is present in the tabernacle, signifying the presence of Christ in the reserved Eucharist. The tabernacle and sanctuary lamp were designed by Bro. Gary Marcinowski, S.M.

pulpit woodwork

Reconciliation Room

This space is set apart for those seeking the sacrament of reconciliation. The stained glass window, depicting Jesus’ baptism, reminds the baptized disciple that the Christian journey calls for restoration and renewal of our relationship with God and one another through reconciliation. The reconciliation room accommodates face-to-face or anonymous (behind-a-screen) confessions.

Assembly Seating

Pews

Curved wooden pews and kneelers bring the assembly together to experience the Word of God more closely in community as the body of Christ and foster full and active participation in the liturgy. The main floor and balcony seat 376 people combined. The pews from a former church building near campus contribute to our LEED certification through the reuse of materials. The pews were refurbished by Cassady Woodworks, of Dayton, Ohio.

Music Ministry

Music provides a source of unity for those gathered for worship, supports the full, active participation of the congregation, sets the tone for celebrations and deepens our experience of prayer and liturgy. As members of the worshipping assembly, musicians are located in a place where they can lead the congregation in song and fully participate in the liturgical rites.

Worshippers and sacred concert attendees will experience a new sense of wonder at the variety of rich sounds emanating from a state-of-the-art digital organ manufactured by Rodgers Instruments Corp. This superb organ, with 128 stops, delivers a realism not found in previous generations of organs.

Stations of the Cross

Fourteen stations, based on the traditional stations of the Church, are installed in the nave of the chapel on the north and south walls. They invite us into the reality of Christ’s suffering and death, taking us on a spiritual pilgrimage that allows us to make connections to our own lives and the world around us. The stations were designed and forged from copper by Michael Bendele, of Delphos, Ohio.

Beginning on the northeast side of the chapel near the sanctuary and circling west and around toward the reconciliation room, the stations read as follows:Stations of the Cross

  • First Station — Jesus is Condemned to Death
  • Second Station — Jesus is Made to Carry His Cross
  • Third Station — Jesus Falls for the First Time
  • Fourth Station — Jesus Meets His Sorrowful Mother
  • Fifth Station — Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus with His Cross
  • Sixth Station — Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
  • Seventh Station — Jesus Falls the Second Time
  • Eighth Station — Women of Jerusalem Weep Over Jesus
  • Ninth Station — Jesus Falls the Third Time
  • Tenth Station — Jesus is Stripped of His Garments
  • Eleventh Station — Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
  • Twelfth Station — Jesus is Raised Upon the Cross and Dies
  • Thirteenth Station — Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross
  • Fourteenth Station — Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

Dedication Crosses

Dedication Crosses

In the dedication liturgy for Catholic churches, the chapel walls are anointed with sacred chrism, the same holy oil used for baptisms, confirmations and holy orders. This signifies that the chapel is given over entirely and perpetually to Christian worship. In keeping with liturgical tradition, 12 crosses are used, a symbol that the Church is an image of the holy city of Jerusalem. The 12 marble dedication crosses in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception also were used at the first dedication in 1869.

Additional Spaces

Adequate support spaces have been added to enhance the comfort and practical function of the chapel, including restrooms and a room that will be used for wedding preparation and as a conference room. Sacristy, storage and office spaces have been equipped to support the activities of the chapel and our active faith community. In addition, the building has been equipped with up-to-date information technology and WiFi capabilities.

Contact Us

Campus Ministry

Liberty Hall 101 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408

937-229-3339