A new symbol of Jesuit High School

Ryan Deglow and James Marsee

The Chapel of the North American Martyrs at Jesuit High School represents not only the martyrs  who died for the Jesuit faith, but also a renewal of the spiritual life of those on campus.

The chapel opened on Sept. 17, 2014, and along with helping to identify the location of the school on Fair Oaks Blvd., it provides the first new space dedicated to prayer that Jesuit has built in nearly 30 years.      

“The old chapel was built […] around 1962-1963,” said President of Jesuit High School Father David Suwalsky S.J,  “and in the 80’s, the old chapel was turned into a classroom.”

Recently, a new statue was added in the small garden by the chapel.

“The statue is a statue of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Saint Ignatius was the first Jesuit… [he] was very influential […]we got [the statue because] it was time to get that kind of symbol on campus,”  Fr. Suwalsky, S.J. said.

The statue, made in Italy, was modelled after a similar statute in Saint Peter’s Basilica.  The statue and the chapel help bring recognition of where Jesuit is on the Fair Oaks Blvd. side of campus.

“Before the chapel was built you couldn’t see Jesuit from Fair Oaks,” Fr. Suwalsky, S.J. said.  “It helps identify where Jesuit is and what is truly important to our community.”   

Jesuit’s new chapel brings a renewal of spiritual life;  And brings a greater public, and street awareness of Jesuit High School.