Chapel and Library

The central building at Vision of Peace houses the Chapel and the library.  It honors the memory of Msgr. William “Bill” Lyons (1930-2011), who directed the Newman Center at UMSL while part-time formator at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.  He was full-time at Kenrick from 1994-2003 and completed 55 years of priestly service as spiritual director at the North American College in Rome.

The central building at Vision of Peace houses a Chapel and library

The Chapel and library are available for private prayer at all times. The entry code is given to guests upon their arrival. The east walls of the building are entirely windows offering sweeping views of the Mississippi River.


Catholic Mass is offered 8am daily in the Chapel. The Blessed Sacrament is always present. A Holy Hour is offered evenings from 7-8pm. The contemporary Stations of the Cross by Sr. Pauline Blandina on mounted on the south Chapel wall.


The library is intended for silent use. Books may be borrowed during your stay, and returned before you depart. The library may not be reserved or used for meetings.

Our Generous Benefactors and Donors

We are very grateful to the many generous donors listed on the permanent plaque in the library who supported the construction of this building.

Distinguished Award to Architects Guenther and Tacchi

In September 2017, the American Institute of Architects, St Louis awarded the Vision of Peace Spirituality Center (Architects John C. Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP and Dennis Tacchi, AIA) the Small Projects Distinguished Award. Jurors commented:  “The jury found this serene project to be beautifully sited, simple, and gracious, a place rich in opportunity for meaningful personal experience.”