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Story of Our Lady of the Woods Chapel

In 2001, Bellarmine University officials dedicated a remarkable new building: Our Lady of the Woods Chapel.  For the first time in the university’s history, there was a space devoted solely to inclusive spirituality and community worship.

And what a space it is: an airy, open sanctuary filled with inspirational artwork.

Plans for the chapel were years in the making.  The dream was fulfilled under current President Joseph J. McGowan, but it began with Msgr. Alfred Horrigan, Bellarmine’s founding president.  The story of the chapel, from Horrigan’s early aspirations to build a Marian shrine to the insights of the artists who made it a reality, can be found in a new book: “Our Lady of the Woods Chapel.”

Much of the book was written by Msgr. Horrigan himself. It was completed following his Aug. 23, 2005, death from papers he willed to Bellarmine.

“Our Lady of the Woods Chapel” (36 pp.) is available in the Bellarmine University bookstore. All proceeds from the $10 book will go to the chapel endowment fund. Preview the book in this downloadable PDF.

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