Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel
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Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel was modeled on the Santa Barbara Mission and skillfully captures the Franciscan longing to praise God with the beauty and splendor of our prayer and handiwork.
The stain and chunk glass windows, designed by Stephen Bridges of New York, fill the space with rays of light. Images of stylized Fra Angelico angels, the great window with Mary and Christ Child receiving the song of more angels, and the magnificent image of Christ the Prince of Peace embrace the assembly. At eye level the Benedicite windows proclaim in word and bold symbols the praises of God through all creation. Fourteen ceramic plaques from France set in a bed of Ravenna tesserae depict the Stations of the Cross, a Franciscan devotion.
The chapel's beauty is enriched by the original artwork of the Sisters of St. Francis. The San Damiano Crucifix, modeled after the icon so dear to St. Francis, rests below the great window. The artist, Sister Ruth Marie Kachelek, used the ancient process of egg tempera on gessoed wood. The ceiling uses over 10,300 acoustic tiles to translate a calligraphic design by Sister Michaeline Lesiak into a stenciled and spray-painted visual prayer of praise. The original Schantz 15-rank pipe organ adds to that song.
The Chapel was renovated in 1986 to adapt the space to contemporary liturgical practice.