Photo: Cincinnati Saints (Sort of)
This photo of the reredos (carved screen behind the altar) at The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West’s beautiful Chapel of St. Gregory the Great (Mt. Washington/Cincinnati) shows three saints important to the seminary and the city: St. Francis de Sales, St. Gregory the Great, and St. Robert Bellarmine.
St. Francis de Sales, patron of writers, is also patron saint of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. St. Gregory, whom the chapel is named for, was also the patron of the Archdiocese’s original seminary, which opened in 1890 but was later combined with Mount St. Mary of the West Seminary. And St. Robert Bellarmine honors the Jesuits, whose college (then called the Athenaeum) later became Xavier University. The name “Athenaeum” — a general term for a library or scholarly institution e chapel — passed to the Archdiocese. XU’s chapel is named for this third saint.
Photo by Trey Rouse.
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