The Friary becomes a reality in 1961, after
30 years of prayerful dreams and 2.5 million dollars.
| "In one very sweeping statement, it is worth alluding
to the chapel of St. Bonaventure as an attempt to capture in art the
intellectual tradition of the Franciscan Order. That is, of course,
admitting that there is both an anti-intellectual and an
intellectual tradition in the Order."
"The chapel of St. Bonaventure University goes further with the
expressed life of Bonaventure. The life and the writings of the Saint
are expressed in the six windows, and in the reredos."
"All of this artwork surely puts the Chapel in the Franciscan
tradition of piety. It does it in one way or another. But always the
reminders have a Franciscan humanity and gentleness, recalling us all to
the friars' way of approach to the mysteries of the Christian life and
-Fr. G. Marcil, OFM
| Saint Bonaventure University displays the
inner meaning of Franciscan heritage through an assortment of symbols,
this site attempts to capture only a fragment of them. This site
contains information about the University/Friary Chapel. Some of the
information that one will discover here relates to the History
of the Doyle Chapel, the Construction
Process, Symbols found outside the Chapel,
as well as Symbols found inside. This site wants you to embark on a
journey through Time, Faith, and Theology.
Cornerstone laid on October 2, 1960
(Feast of Guardian
Dedication Mass- July 16, 1961
Celebrant Very Rev. Celsus Wheeler, OFM
Re-Dedication- September 17, 1983
Celebrant Rev. Gervase White, OFM
For more information about
Doyle Hall follow this link.
This web site was created by John J. Crawford for History 419:
Computer and Archival Skills for Historians.
Any changes, other than minor editing, from his original
work are noted.
Site brought up 12/17/2003