Where Two or Three Are Gathered in My Name
Liturgy and prayer are the heart of the Franciscan spirit. Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel is a sacred space where we come to give praise and thanks to God and to open our hearts to the power of the Word in our lives. Fed by the Word and by the Eucharist, we become the Body of Christ in our world.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel is often called Mother Adelaide’s jewel. Whatever facet the light hits, you see something beautiful. Come pray with us in this magnificent space that calls us to lift minds and hearts to God.
Mass is generally celebrated at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday. All are welcome to join us. Please consult the monthly chapel schedule.
Listen to Sister Ann Carmen, director of liturgy, share her insights about the chapel in the video below.
A Place of Peace
The chapel, modeled after the Santa Barbara mission in California, was designed and built in 1959 under the direction of Mother Mary Adelaide, founder of the Sylvania Franciscan community. The windows were designed by Stephen Bridges and created in the Rambusch Studios in New York.
Upon entering the chapel, you cannot help but be drawn to the large, stained glass window at the north end. It depicts Our Lady Queen of Peace. Francis always held a special devotion for Mary, the mother of Jesus. She was the means by which God became a flesh-and-blood human being. As depicted here, Mary makes no attempt to draw attention to herself, rather, she points always to her son, the Prince of Peace.
The brilliant stained glass windows, various types of marble, Italian glass mosaics and Sister Ruth Marie Kachelek’s rendering of the San Damiano cross all create a welcoming environment for both communal prayer and private reflection.
Sister Michaeline Lesiak designed the ceiling. It consists of over 10,000 acoustical tiles and represents a true community effort. Art students and professed sisters shared in the 13-month evolution from drawing to stenciled masterpiece.
The chapel was renovated and rededicated in 1986. Welcomed by Mary, Queen of Peace, we go forth missioned as witnesses of Jesus, Prince of Peace.
This beautiful chapel is reserved for use by the Sisters and their sponsored ministries. It is not available for weddings.