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The Chapel

Madonna della Strada Aerial View

Madonna della Strada Aerial View

Built by architect Andrew Rebori, Madonna della Strada Chapel is a great example of the Art Deco style of architecture.  The Chapel has names of Jesuit saints inscribed on the outside and crypt chapels that could originally be approached from the Jesuit Residence by tunnel.  The Chapel was the dream of Father James Mertz, S.J., who raised the money for its construction.

 

 

Madonna della Strada Chapel - Mural and Artist

Painter Melville Steinfels

Painter Melville Steinfels stands by his beautiful fresco located behind the altar in the Chapel.

 

Madonna della Strada Mural

Fresco at altar

The fresco depicts the crowning by our Lord of His Mother as Queen of Heaven and Earth and Queen of Society of Jesus.  Members of the Society of Jesuits who have been declared saints or Blessed surround the fresco.

 

 

Madonna della Strada Chapel - Crypt Chapel

Crypt Chapel

Crypt Chapel where Isable and Ivan McKenna, benefactors of Madonna della Strada, are buried.

Madonna della Strada National Shrine

National Shrine

The National Shrine in the Madonna della Strada Chapel.  This photo sends Christmas greetings from Father Mertz, S.J..