In 2007 we were thrilled to be commissioned to create over 20 pieces of art for the new chapel at Marquette University High School.
The chapel is dedicated to the Three Holy Companions, St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis Xavier and Blessed Peter Favre, and the Emmaus Ambulatory Shrine portrays the Companions in a life-size, sculptural relief of bronze-toned fiberglass. A mural, completed in oil, backing the shrine depicts their guidance by Christ, who is represented as a radiating sun forming the outline of the seal of the Society of Jesus.
A blessing font, crafted of marble, glass, and bronze, serves as a focal point in the rear portion of the chapel. The four sections of marble surrounding the water in the font represent the four corners of the Earth. A bronze plaque on each section is inscribed with scriptural citations from each Gospel about Jesus’ Resurrection, indicating the font’s dual role as the chapel’s XV Station of the Cross. The remaining Stations of the Cross were created in bronze and inlaid in the floor in a path around the chapel. Each plaque also features a passage from the Scripture relating to each Station being depicted.
The combination of the Stations of the Cross and blessing font were awarded the Bene Award – the second highest honor – in Ministry & Liturgy’s 2010 Visual Arts Awards in the category of Ritual Objects & Sacred Symbols.
Several other pieces installed included floor medallions cast in bronze featuring the signatures of the Holy Companions and another featuring the Jesuit motto Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Ite Inflammate Omnia.
A painted icon of the Madonna della Strada was also installed in the chapel a year later. The icon is showcased in a custom gilded frame and positioned on decorative screen in the chapel.