Queen of the Rosary Chapel

View of the altar of Queen of the Rosary Chapel.Even on cloudy days, the stained-glass splashes of color from diamond windows reflect on the marble floor. From miles away, this remarkable landmark can be seen to call Sisters home and to welcome visitors. It is Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Mound.

Sister Mary Ellen Winston says the acoustics and lighting make Queen of the Rosary Chapel a special place. “The stained-glass windows preach our story and the life of Christ,” she says. Built in 1966, the rotunda that houses Queen of the Rosary Chapel is the work of many hands. Sister Teresita Kelly carefully designed each of the 37 stained-glass windows to tell the story of Christ’s Redemption. “She preached through her gift of art through those windows,” says Sister Mary Ellen of Sister Teresita’s window designs.

Other features of the chapel include African mahogany pews to seat 700 and a Niagara limestone altar made from boulders excavated from the Mound grounds. At the time the organ was built in Queen of the Rosary Chapel, it was the second largest two-keyboard organ in the country, with 27 stops and 37 ranks of pipes.

Sister Teresita also enhanced the atmosphere in the chapel by painting the Way of the Cross on the walls circling the pews. “The space lifts your mind, soul, and spirit easily,” says Sister Mary Ellen. “You can feel God transcendent and present.”

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