Spirituality Center

Monsignor William J. Lyons Spirituality Center & St. Benedict’s Chapel

The name honors the memory of Msgr. “Bill” Lyons, beloved spiritual guide to UMSL students, Kenrick-Glennon seminarians and seminarians at the North American College in Rome. Msgr Lyons (1930-2011) directed the Newman Center at University of Missouri-St. Louis from 1967-1994. During that same time he also served part-time as a formator at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. He was full-time at Kenrick from 1994-2003 and completed his 55 years of priestly service as a spiritual director at the North American College in Rome from 2003 until his death in 2011.

The main level of the building is accessible by concrete walkways.

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St. Benedict’s Chapel offers sweeping views of the river. 


The east walls of both the chapel and library are entirely glass windows. 


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On August 24, 2015, Archbishop Robert Carlson visited Vision of Peace to bless the new Msgr. Lyons Spirituality Center, to dedicate the St. Benedict’s Chapel, and to consecrate the new altar.

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. The plywood furniture throughout also reveals this project to be a true labor of love.”