St. Mary's University is home to many "Sacred Spaces." With a rich
history defined by its Catholic heritage, the Mount continues to strive
to cultivate a community of learners formed by faith, engaged in
discovery, and empowered for leadership in the Church, professions and
These "Sacred Spaces" are living examples of the
Mount's commitment to faith as places for the entire Mount community to
reflect and pray.
National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes
"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest." –Matt 11:28
statue of the Sacred Heart, with outstretched arms, and a long, curvy
path hidden under the shade of tall trees, invites all pilgrims to make a
journey into something extraordinary—the National Shrine Grotto of Our
Lady of Lourdes. Bishop John DuBois, founder of Mount St. Mary's, St.
Elizabeth Ann Seton, Bishop Simon Brute and Mother Teresa have trod on
this holy ground—featuring one of the oldest American replicas of the
Lourdes shrine in France.
Delve into your own spiritual journey in
one of the two chapels, or along the magnificent, stone-encased copper
Stations of the Cross and mosaics of the Mysteries of the Rosary. Listen
as the Bell Tower rings out forever the praises of Almighty God and His
blessed Mother at five minutes before every hour and for the Angelus.
Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
The Heart of Campus
filled with awe and wonder as you open the large wooden doors and step
into IC chapel. The Holy Spirit appears as a dove in the upper dome and
the stained glass portrays salvation history. Walk the Stations of the
Cross or sit and listen to the triumphant sounds of the organ. Let the
paintings and statues unite you with the communion of saints. Built more
than 100 years ago, and renovated during the summer of 2011, the IC
Chapel is the center of spiritual life on campus—as the celebration of
Mass sustains and enriches the faith of the University and Seminary.
Year for Priests Garden
"The priest is not a priest himself; he is a priest for you." –St. John Vianney
true are the words of St. John Vianney! Thousands of young men have
offered their lives in service on Mary's Mountain. Reflect on the
priests who have guided you in your spiritual journey and pray for many
more laborers to be sent to the vineyard.
St. John's Well
One of the Mount's best kept secrets
between IC Chapel and the Seminary, St. John's Well is a prayerful
space to rest in the sound of trickling water, and in the gaze of our
Blessed Mother from her "little grotto."
Mary, Queen of Peace Chapel
a life in which you can walk a few steps from your room and, without
leaving the building, attend Mass everyday at a student-friendly time
(such as 10 p.m.) —and now you have envisioned the life of a Mount St.
Mary's student. Colorful stained glass windows, created and designed by a
member of the Mount faculty, Fr. Robert Joseph Terentieff, and some of
his colleagues and students, bring a joyful feel, while the gold on the
candlesticks, tabernacle and crucifix immediately direct hearts to the
heavenly King. Do not miss the statues on the outside of the chapel—St.
Joseph guarding the plaza and Mary, Queen of Peace, welcoming
worshippers into her chapel.
Faith and Determination
a narrow escape from the guillotine during the French revolution, a
refugee priest found himself at the foothills of the Blue Ridge
Mountains. In 1808 Father John DuBois planted a cross as the foundation
of Mount St. Mary's University and more than 200 years later, we
commemorate his spirit with a statue and plaza. Whether taking a break
for lunch, reviewing notes for class, or just relaxing, Founder's Plaza
is an ideal central location on campus.
Pacem in Terris—Peace on Earth
a state of harmony among the tall trees and blooming flowers in Peace
Plaza. Complete with a walkway and intimate benches, this area between
the Knott Academic Center and the Phillips Library is a surprising
oasis. The word "peace" is written on the ground in the plaza in various
languages, including Czech, Vietnamese, Swedish and Hebrew, beckoning
for peace at the Mount and in the world.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Kane Chapel
Word and Sacrament
stained glass windows of the evangelist writers—Matthew, Mark, Luke and
John—represent the Word. Another stained glass window depicts the
Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary—the Word made
flesh in the Sacrament. This chapel was built in 1824 and was
rediscovered in 2009 during a dorm renovation project.
"Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me ..." –Matthew 16:24
a stroll down the walkway, listen to the flags snap in the wind, feel a
sense of American pride, and honor the Mount's military veterans. These
men and women have displayed faithfulness and commitment. They have
worked in pursuit of preserving and protecting the God-given rights of
all citizens of the world—a very worthy goal. May all who visit the
walkway be more sacrificial as the veterans so clearly have been.