The Martyrs’ installation – vestibule center south. Minerit panels have been engraved with the names of the eight North American martyrs with the words “pray for us” in English, Latin and French. Pictorial representations of the martyrs are not true to life and rather than creating images, it was thought to recall the martyrs by using their names and the formula of a litany of the saints, where the priest chants the name of a saint and the congregation replies “pray for us.”
The Hail Mary – vestibule southwest. Four versions of the Hail Mary have been installed representing the languages of Jesuit High School – English; the language of the martyrs – French; the language of the Roman Catholic Church in the days of the martyrs – Latin; and the language of the Huron people – Wendat. Huron was a name given to the tribe by the French colonists who, when they saw the unique hair style of Wendat warriors, were reminded of the bristles of the wild boar.
The Sacred of Heart of Jesus – above the stairs heading to The Lady Chapel. This statue of polychromed wood was created in Italy and donated to Jesuit High School in 1963 by a Jacob Lane neighbor for the Fathers’/School chapel that is now the choral room in Brebeuf Hall. A statue of Our Lady in a similar style was also given and may be seen in the Sacramento Jesuit Community chapel in Brebeuf Hall.
The icon, Mother of God “Sweet Kissing” or “Sweet Tenderness,” was written by the Theophilion Brotherhood on the Holy Mountain of Mount Athos, Greece, in 2014. It is painted using egg tempera applied over gold leaf. The traditional colors of red and gold seem fitting for Jesuit High School. Gift of Drs. Nicholas and Carol Rotas and family.
Stations of the Cross – cast aluminum, 1964 by Fred Roth. Installed in a manner similar to the private chapel of the pope rather than around the perimeter of the sanctuary. They were originally installed in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Leavenworth, Kansas after the cathedral built by Jesuit Bishop Jean Baptiste Miege, S.J., was destroyed by fire in December 1961. The new church was built in 1964 reflecting the revisions to the liturgy promulgated by the Second Vatican Council. A remodel of the church in 2011 resulted in the Stations being removed and replaced.
Sanctuary crucifix – gilded, cast bronze, 1964 by Fred Roth. This figure of Jesus is meant to be a figure of resurrection. The corpus has no wounds from the nails of crucifixion, for example. It is installed upon a cross designed by the Jesuit chapel architects. The corpus was once installed on a 14 foot cast aluminum cross. It is a gift of the parishioners of the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
The candle sticks and the processional cross with two brass representations of the crucified Jesus were also designed by Roth. Not much is known about the artist who worked in the Mid-West. He created art for several churches in Missouri, all of which has been removed/replaced as tastes have changed over time.
The Vision at La Storta by Domenico Piola. Pen and brown ink, brown wash, over black chalk ca. 1690. Original in the collection of Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany.
At another time Ignatius said that it seemed to him he saw Christ with the cross on his shoulder and the Eternal Father behind, saying to Christ, “I want you to accept this person as your servant,” and thus Christ accepted him and said, “I want you to serve us.”
Joe & Nancy Benvenuti Conference Room – American River #1 and American River #4, Andrew Hindman. Oil on canvas. These two works were given by David Bischoff ’79 in memory of his parents, Arthur and Vivian Bischoff.
H+F designed all of the plaques installed throughout the building. The plaques are made of brushed stainless steel. The Chapel Donor plaque has more than 900 names.