New space for the spiritual life

Noah Peppel and Mirza Makin

The Chapel of the North American Martyrs brings a new meaning to the spiritual life at Jesuit High School.

Located on one of the busiest streets in Sacramento County, the new chapel reconnects Jesuit to the community and provides a place for people to pray and worship with each other.

“Before the chapel was built you couldn’t see Jesuit from Fair Oaks Blvd. It helps identify where Jesuit is,” said Rev. David. Suwalsky, S.J., President of Jesuit High School.

The chapel brings a unique look to Jesuit with its modern and elegant architecture, and adds natural light to the mass.            

“The bigger chapel is filled with light, it’s very white […] it’s very plain and simple,” said Fr. Charles Olsen, S.J..

The modern and elegant architecture provides a lot of space in the new chapel.

“Before the new chapel, we had to gather everyone in the gym where there was an open space,” Fr. Olsen, S.J. said. “But now we have a space [where] everybody is around in a good amount of space.”

With all of these additions, Jesuit students will be able to participate in class-wide masses specifically for the freshman, sophomores, juniors, or seniors.

“Class liturgies are great,” Fr. Suwalsky, S.J. said, “and we’ve also been able to schedule concerts and soon alumni weddings [in the chapel].”

The new chapel has improved the spiritual life at Jesuit and will continue to do so for many years to come.