Chapels and Churches
Church of the Gesu
Named after Jesus Christ and the mother church of the Society of Jesus in Rome, the Church of the Gesù is the Ateneo’s architectural gem located at the Sacred Heart Hill, the highest point of the campus.
It was designed by Recio + Casas with an unusual and striking exterior and a traditional, airy interior. One side of the Church houses a side chapel dedicated to Mary in the mystery of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the Ateneo and of the Philippines, while another side chapel is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a devotion committed to the Jesuits by the appearances of Our Lord to St. Margaret Mary at Paray-le-Monial.
The Church of the Gesù serves the major religious assemblies of the Ateneo: masses and liturgical events; the Feast of St. Ignatius and similar celebrations, school openings and baccalaureate services, confirmations, first communions and ordinations.
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----Immaculate Conception Chapel (LS)
The Immaculate Conception Chapel is the sanctuary of students, faculty, and staff of the Loyola Schools.
The chapel’s overall design was inspired by the Chapel of Notre Dame in Haute Saone, France and the St. Ignatius Chapel in the University of Seattle in Washington, U.S.A.
On the sanctuary wall, stained glass windows in varying shades of blue and yellow symbolize the Blessed Virgin Mary. On the altar rests fragments from the bones of the Jesuit’s “boy saints” – Aloysius Gonzaga, John Berchmans, and Stanislas Kostka, after whom halls of the Ateneo have been named. The relics were gifts to the new chapel from the Jesuits in Rome.
The chapel’s main distinguishing feature is its revolving cross with a crucified Christ on one side and a resurrected Christ on the other. The Focolare Carpentry Shop sculpted the crucified Christ while Fr. Rene Javellana, S.J. worked on the Byzantine-type icon of the resurrected Christ.
Other features of the chapel are the Blessed Sacrament room or Adoration Chapel where people can have a more intimate prayer time with God and two reconciliation rooms at either side of the main door of the chapel where people can choose between face to face confession and confession through the screened confessional box. LST Chapel
The LST chapel is conducive to prayer and meditation, as well as for occasional small-group liturgies. The design, courtesy of Jesuit artist Fr. Rene Javellana, S.J., features Florentine glass windows that depict themes of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius through its abstract melding of colors.
The chapel proudly contains the low altar that houses a first-class relic of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which was given to LST by Fr. General Peter Hans Kolvenback when he approved construction of the building. Another special feature of the building is the darkened passageway that leads into the special light of the chapel through the name of Jesus.