Stained Glass Windows

The University’s Chapel is bathed in natural light, which emphasizes certain elements of its design depending on where the sun enters. Numerous stained glass windows, also designed and fitted by Father Rupnik and his team of European artisans, add soft colors that complement the vivid hues of the mosaics.

There is no mistaking what is central in this house of God: all eyes are drawn to the main sanctuary with its limestone altar and ambo (pulpit). Each is decorated with appropriate artwork. The ambo boasts an image of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove, and the central visual element of the altar is the ancient image of a pelican.

Legend has it that the mother pelican will pierce her own side to feed her young: an iconic message that wordlessly recalls the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the gift of self that the Incarnation represents.