Mission and Identity

Bellarmine Chapel

Exterior of Bellarmine circle during a summer evening

The chapel was remodeled in 1998, and an addition was designed and built in 2004. This addition provided more office space, a work room, and an expanded narthex which contains a permanent baptistry pool. Bellarmine Chapel, once located in the Schmidt Library founded in April of 1927 served as a parish church and college chapel.

The interior of Bellarmine chapel during mass

Only in the year of 1962, a new chapel was built. Its 122 foot roof span in the form of a hyperbolic paraboloid, is not supported by the walls beneath. Instead, a system of underground steel cables under a tension of 465,000 pounds provides the force necessary to support the two roof abutments. Mr. Albert V. Walters was the architect of the chapel.

The interior of Bellarmine Chapel during mass

Quick Facts

Opened: 1962
Named After: St. Robert Bellarmine
Website : Bellarmine Chapel Home to:

  • Worship and Liturgy of the student body as well as the surrounding community.
  • The Jesuit Seal

Additional Notes:

  • The hyperbolic paraboloid roof was meant as a representation of the advanced style of construction design.
  • This chapel was a gift of the five Williams children in honor of their parents.