Interior of the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas

The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas

The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas is a core element of the St. Paul campus of St. Thomas. Together with the Iversen Center for Faith, this is the spiritual heart of our campus.

We welcome all to the Chapel - our neighbors and others in the community, along with the students, faculty, and staff we are dedicated to serve.

With the start of the 2020-21 school year, the Chapel will be open to the campus community and broader public from 6:45 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday – Friday and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

Hours during School Year:

Open 6:45 am - 10:00 pm Mon - Fri
Open 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Sat & Sun

The Chapel: The Last and Best Gift

Stained glass window inside The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. Altar and Ambo inside The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. Crucifix above the altar inside The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. Sanctuary doors inside The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. Pipe organ inside The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Unique Features of the Chapel

In addition to the Chapel’s breathtaking architecture, the interior art is stunningly executed in wood, marble, paint and glass. Each piece of art is a unique treasure and was designed together to provide an artistic proclamation of Catholic faith.

The Altar and Ambo

Archbishop Harry Flynn dedicated the new altar of the Chapel in March 2008. Designed by artist Alexander Tylevich, the altar is made of bronze and wood and incorporates the Tree of Life to recognize the altar as a symbol of the source of life.

Chapel Crucifix

As a fulfillment of a gift of the class of 2004, St. Thomas commissioned artist Alexander Tylevich to fashion a new sanctuary crucifix. The 11-foot-tall crucifix, suspended above the altar, is made with polished bronze to reflect light from the stained-glass windows.

Sanctuary Doors

Through the generosity of St. Thomas benefactors, the university commissioned Alexander Tylevich to design and create a sanctuary door, new altar and ambo, and inscribe into the sanctuary floor a hymn of the university's patron, Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Organ

The large pipe organ, installed in July 1987, was built by Gabriel Kney of London, Ontario. The organ, housed in a classic Werkprinzip case, has 2,787 pipes. The case is made of red oak and the basswood pipe shades and grill over the Swell shutters were carved by Kney based on motifs in the paintings on the ceiling of the Chapel.

Wedding couple posing inside The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Chapel Use and Reservation

The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas is available to the St. Thomas community (including alumni) for religious events, including:

 

Outside entry for the Iversen Center for Faith on the St. Thomas campus.

The Iversen Center for Faith

The Iversen Center for Faith was built surrounding the Chapel, retaining the majesty of the Chapel while adding additional spaces for the university community to gather where faith can be celebrated and explored. The Center is the home of Campus Ministry, the Hoedeman Gallery of Sacred Art, the Interfaith Meditation Room, Schoenecker Hall, and amphitheater. Schoenecker Hall provides a 300-guest multipurpose gathering room (with an on-site catering kitchen) for receptions, suites for brides and grooms, and spacious bathrooms. 

Learn more about the Iversen Center for Faith

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