"A question of what our gods are"

Home | Join/Donate


Adoremus, Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy
Follow AdoremusSociety on Twitter

Online Edition - Vol. X, No. 2 & 3: April - May 2004

Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity chapel

Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity chapel is prominently located at the head of the main quadrangle at Thomas Aquinas College. This central location reflects the important role of faith in the pursuit of wisdom. Administration and classroom buildings, connected to the chapel by arcades, will complete the quadrangle.

This design for the Thomas Aquinas College chapel is inspired by the churches of Southern California as well as by the Catholic tradition. The three-story belltower and dome can be seen from within the valley, and in particular from Ojai Road. As visitors enter the campus by way of the stone gate, the chapel -- with its curvilinear apse -- will be one of the first buildings they see. Parking located next to the new administration building leads onto the campus through a limestone arch through an octagonal pavilion and into the quadrangle. The arcades flanking the chapel provide covered access from the academic buildings and assist in defining the quadrangle.

Entering the chapel one goes through a covered narthex, above which is placed the choir loft. The chapel has a nave, transept and large sanctuary in the shape of a cross holding up to four hundred people. The interior character is of the early Christian basilicas with Corinthian arcades. The ceiling is vaulted with arched windows and ribbed supports. The crossing has a dome with twelve circular windows in honor of the apostles and the pendentives have images of the four evangelists. Side aisles provide places for procession, confession and overflow seating. The main focus is on the marble tabernacle and the altar, which has a solomonic baldacchino surmounted by angels of the Lord's passion who support an image of the crucifix. An ambo is placed to the left so that readers can be seen and heard. Shrines dedicated to Saint Peter, Saint Paul, Saint Thomas and the Blessed Virgin Mary are located within the transept.

- Duncan Stroik

Web site: http://stroikarchitect.com/portfolio/holytrinity.php

Copyright ©2003 Duncan G. Stroik. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Duncan Stroik is professor in the school of architecture at Notre Dame University, and editor of the semi-annual journal, Sacred Architecture.

To AB April-May Contents

***

Credit Card Donations

To donate by credit card:

1. Call our office to donate directly: (314) 863-8385, have your name, address and credit card number ready. If you would like automatic donations to Adoremus let us know what date(s) you would like to be billed on.

2. You may also donate by using Network for Good: http://www.networkforgood.org (follow instructions on site)

3. You may donate using PayPal below

US Membership Donation

Foreign Membership Donation


**Adoremus operates solely on your generous donations.**

Adoremus is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

Site Copyright © 1999 - Present by Adoremus
All rights reserved.

PERMISSION GUIDELINES
All material on this web site is copyrighted and may not be copied or reproduced without prior written permission from Adoremus, except as specified below:

Personal use
Permission is granted to download and/or print out articles for personal use only.

Quotations
Brief quotations (ca 500 words) may be made from the material on this site, in accordance with the “fair use” provisions of copyright law without prior permission.  For these quotations proper attribution must be made of author and Adoremus + URL (i.e., Adoremus or Adoremus Bulletin – www.adoremus.org.)

Attribution
Generally, all signed articles or graphics must also have the permission of the author. If a text does not have an author byline, Adoremus should be listed as the author.  For example: Adoremus (St Louis: Adoremus, 2005 + URL)

Link to Adoremus web site.
Other web sites are welcome to establish links to www.adoremus.org or to individual pages within our site.


Home | Join/Donate | Adoremus Bulletin | Archive | Index | Church Documents | Architecture | Posture | Music | Translation | What's NEW? | FAQ | Search Site | Site Map