St. Raphael Chapel
Located at the exact center - the very heart - of the seminary campus, St. Raphael Chapel has become the iconic image of St. John Vianney College Seminary. Seminarians throughout the past 50 years have gathered for daily prayer, Mass, and meditation underneath its distinctive "wings" evocative of the archangel Raphael.
The chapel's distinct neo-gothic style boasts several marvels of engineering. Firstly, a gigantic mural by French artist Gabriel Loire hangs above the sanctuary, reminding seminarians each day of Jesus Christ's Great Commission to: "go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15).
Two breathtaking masterpieces of stained glass flank the mural--one of St. John Vianney kneeling before Christ the King and the other of Mary's Coronation as Queen of Heaven and Earth. Above them, more stained glass encircles the entire chapel, embodying Psalm 113: "from the rising of the sun to its setting, may the name of the Lord be praised."
In the main nave of the church, four tapestries of various saints hang from the walls in addition to tapestries of Christ the Good Shepherd and Christ the Teacher. In the back of the Chapel, an authentic and functional pipe organ provides tones for the seminarians to sing their Liturgy of the Hours. On grand occasions, when the seminary chorus will use the pipe organ, the two transepts of the Church will fill.