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Exterior Highlights

Exterior Highlights

Chapel domeChapel Dome

The iconic blue dome of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, which is constructed of metal and wood, has been repaired and restored. Some interesting facts about the dome:

  • Top of the cross is 95 feet above the ground
  • The cross is 7 feet 4 inches tall from the ball to the top of the cross
  • The “arms” of the cross extend 4 feet 6 inches
  • The ball below the cross is 30 inches in diameter
  • Each of the four small towers is 10 feet tall
St. Mary’s Courtyard

The colorful garden in the St. Mary’s Courtyard now serves as an extension of the sacred environment of the chapel. It features an area for donor recognition, a memorial garden and places to pray and gather for outdoor receptions or classroom experiences. The walkways leading through the garden are aligned with plants that vary in color, shape, texture and fragrance. The art pieces provide visual interest and inspiration. The garden can be enjoyed in all seasons as a place to gather with others or as a quiet place for reflection or study.

The Three O’Clock Prayer  
The Three O’Clock Prayer is a prayer of spiritual unity for the Marianist family. Marianist communities all over the world interrupt their work and study at 3 p.m. daily to express communion with Mary and the Beloved Disciple, who are closely united with Jesus on the cross.

The donor recognition sculpture in this area, reminiscent of a timepiece set to the three o’clock hour, is placed to honor all who have contributed to the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. The metal sculpture and stone prayer pieces were designed by Hamilton Dixon, of Dayton, Ohio.

Memorial Area
The ROTC memorial honors those ROTC students and alumni who have died in active duty military service to their country. These plaques, which were previously located in the chapel, now have a permanent place in this sacred area.

Entrance Plaza and West Wall

The main entrance to the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception is universally accessible. Students, alumni, faculty, staff and visitors can still stand in the center of the entrance plaza and test the infamous “echo point.” The statues on either side of the doors were acquired in 1951-52. On the right is Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary. On the left is Our Lady of the Pillar. Father William Joseph Chaminade’s prayerful devotion to her during his exile in Saragossa, Spain, transformed his life’s mission and inspired his commitment to develop faith communities in France after the revolution.

Entrance Plaza


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