Founders Chapel

Hi, I'm Mark, and I'm from Oak Park, California.  This is Founders Hall.  It was originally the College for Women, and today it houses several of our academic departments as well as classrooms.  On the upper floor is a freshmen residence hall.  Just inside the doors is Founders courtyard, and beyond that, Founders Chapel.  Let's go check it out! 

Begun in 1951, the chapel took two years to complete.  It was designed by Mother Rosalie Hill, one of USD's founders.  It is a reproduction of a 16th century Spanish Renaissance chapel.  The carved, gold leaf, high altar or reredos, was made in Mexico and is full of symbols.  All the figures were carved in Italy.  The hand-sculptured altar is made of Italian Botticini marble. 

The 68 elaborately carved Philippine mahogany choir stalls are decorated with hand-carved symbols.  The Stations of the Cross are oil paintings on gold leaf in mosaic style.  The chapel's stained glass windows, made of translucent glass, represent various Gospel scenes. 

The chapel has daytime mass throughout the week as well as a few evening masses for students. 

Another place of worship on campus is the Immaculata, a Catholic parish serving the local community.  It is a landmark in San Diego and it's blue dome can be seen from all around the city.  There are some very special USD events held in the Immaculata, including the Mass of the Holy Spirit, which brings together the community at the start of the fall semester.

The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution.  While not affiliated with any particular religious order, USD offers a values-based education and provides opportunities for students to pursue their faith and get involved, through service, retreats, as well as their coursework.