Sanctity of Learning


The Sanctity of Learning places the Church at the center of all learning.  As the architects of the chapel explained “ a college chapel, particularly a chapel erected for a Catholic College, is of great importance. … Around the college chapel therefore the student activities revolve hand in hand with cultural learning and studies.”

In the center lancet of the learning window Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin, is instructing the young Mary, who reads a book.  At her feet, an angel holds the light of learning.

In the side panels are angels bearing representations of the different art and sciences (a musical instrument, an artist’s palette, an abacus, and a test tube) symbolizing the fact that only with the backing of the Church do the arts flourish. In the predella beneath is shown the Church, the center of all teaching, and, on either side, the home and the school.