Chapel of the Assumption

The first chapel was contained in the Old Abbey Building. Work on the construction of a new structure, independent from other buildings began in 1901. Archbishop Moeller from Cincinnati held the first service in the new chapel on June 14, 1906 when he presided at the ordination of the 1906 class of 6 priests. The chapel was not used for daily Mass until August 8, 1906 when the Blessed Sacrament was moved from the Old Abbey chapel to the newly built Chapel of the Assumption. This was the beginning of daily Masses being offered for the priests, brothers and nuns living at St. Charles. Father Trost embellished the chapel interior with paintings which were in place for the next 50 years.

Chapel renovation began in 1959. The main focus of attention is drawn to the altar and to the mosaic behind the altar which centers on the figure of Christ shedding his Blood in establishing God's new covenant with humankind. In its design carries out the theme referred to in the letter to the Hebrews 12:22-24.  "You have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to the company of many thousands of angels, and to the Church of the Firstborn, whose members are enrolled in the heavens, to God, the judge of all, to the spirits of the just made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, which speaks better than that of Abel." 


The gold mosaic forms a rich colorful backdrop for the altar. Shrine of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. In the reliquary is a portion of the forearm of St. Gaspar. 


Mary, the Mother of God is taken
body and soul into heaven.
This beautiful pipe organ was built in 1961 by the Holtkamp Company in Cleveland, Ohio. The organ has 1600 pipes and 26 ranks.

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