“Heart Speaks to Heart”

St. Paul instructs us to “pray always.” In prayer we speak to God and listen to what He says in return. That’s what Venerable John Henry Newman meant by his motto, “Heart speaks to heart.” Here at Franciscan University prayer animates daily life, so our campus encourages prayer.

Our hilltop campus, tree-lined and secluded from the hum of the city, draws its spiritual life from the many Masses and activities in Christ the King Chapel, and features many quiet places to stop and pray.




The Portiuncula

Nestled in a grove of trees opposite
Christ the King Chapel, the Portiuncula beckons students and visitors alike to
“come and spend an hour with the Lord” in prayer.

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The Tomb of the Unborn Child

Set across
from the Portiuncula Chapel, the Tomb of the Unborn Child serves as a peaceful
place to pray for infants in the womb, expectant mothers, those healing from
abortion, and all the vulnerable of the world.

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The Christmas Crèche

Near the Portiuncula Chapel and the
Tomb of the Unborn Child stands a rough stone enclosure that houses a nearly
life-size, year-round manger scene.

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The Marian Grotto

In the tradition of St. Francis’ profound love for the
Blessed Mother, a few feet from the Portiuncula Chapel stands the Marian Grotto.

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The Stations of the Cross

Tucked behind the Portiuncula Chapel and the Crèche, a wooden
staircase leads down to Franciscan University’s outdoor Stations of the Cross.

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Residence Hall Chapels

The Spirit moves us to prayer when and
where he wills, at all hours of the day, in any and all places. It’s
a blessing then, that nearly all residence halls at Franciscan University have
a chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved so students have a convenient
place to pray.

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The Steel Cross

Set atop a hill adjacent to Holy
Spirit Friary, the 60-foot Steel Cross is visible from miles around in the Ohio
Valley. It is a powerful reminder of the University’s Christian obligation to
“live under the cross.”

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Christ the King Chapel

near the center of campus, Christ the King Chapel is the spiritual heart of
Franciscan University of Steubenville. The largest place of worship on campus,
hundreds of students flow in and out of its doors every week.

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Kelly’s Garden

This inviting place to
pray or spend time with friends is Kelly’s Garden, dedicated to the memory of Kelly
Roggensack, a Franciscan University student and cross country team member who
died in 2009.

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