OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CHAPEL (top), built in 1961, is the main chapel of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, and also serves as the chapel for Lourdes College. It is designed externally in
the style of the Franciscan missions of California. Inside the great window in the sanctuary depicts
the mystery of the Incarnate Word and Mary, Queen of Peace. More than 10,300 hand-stenciled
ceiling tiles, designed by Sister Michaeline Lesiak and a host of campus art students and sisters, depict the praise of God in the Psalms. Queen of Peace Chapel was renovated in 1986 in accordance
with the National Council of Catholic Bishops’ document Environment and Art in Catholic Worship.
FOUR MOSAIC PANELS (at right), framed in stylized olive leaves worked in brass alloy, grace the
walls of the nave of the Church of Our Lady of Loretto in Notre Dame, Indiana. Artist Paul Jacques
Grillo designed the panels using glass tesserae in square and triangular shapes, and seven Italian
companies produced the tesserae in the 18 hues of the artist’s palette. The panels depict the Tree
of Jesse; the Mother of Sorrows, patroness of the Sisters of the Holy Cross; Our Lady, Queen of
Heaven; and the rosary.
This work was part of the sisters’ efforts in the early 1990s to collaborate with architects and
liturgists to design a worship space that would enable all assembled to experience the liturgical
renewal the Second Vatican Council called for.