Pilgrims Way Arch
In 2012, St. John's unveiled the Pilgrims Way Arch: a tile mosaic covering the original arch entryway to Xavier Hall. Renovations to the building completed in 2005 saw the creation of the Brother William Drinan, C.F.X. Center for Campus Ministry. The center stands directly across from the original entryway, with its door opening out to the arch. By decking the arch in iconography from the world's principal religions and spiritual traditions, the Pilgrims Way Arch symbolically welcomes all faiths into the Prep community.
The inspiration for an interfaith arch using an Islamic aesthetic came from the arch entryway itself which shares its shape and proportions with entries found in Islamic architecture. Led by Ms. Dale Bryant, Chair of the Fine Arts Department and a ceramicist, and Dr. Ann Terry, Religious Studies teacher and art historian, the project began in a World Religions course during the spring semester of 2012. Students carried the project through many stages, measuring drawings and cutting thousands of clay pieces that make up the mosaic.