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It’s Throwback Thursday!

Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter. It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old. 

Today, we flash back to July 31, 1951, the Feast of St. Ignatius and the day on which Canisius dedicated Christ the King Chapel. The spiritual centerpiece of campus was designed by the prominent Buffalo architect Duane Lyman – draftsman of such noted city landmarks as the Saturn Club and 800 West Ferry. The archetypal pattern and the overmastering symbol of the chapel is a cross formed by the intersection of the nave and the transept. The stone cross, positioned above the entrance to the chapel, is an ancient Celtic cross, the Cross of Iona, which dates to the earliest days of Christianity in Ireland and Britain. The chapel also features five rose windows, each having its own historic significance. 

Click here to learn more about the rose windows and the complete history of Christ the King Chapel, as written by President John J. Hurley. 

Submitted by: College Communications