Inspiration for the design comes from the sixth-century church of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy, which was building during the papacy of Gregory the Great, patron saint of Portsmouth.
The fieldstone walls were quarried from land next to our property. The redwood used inside and out, laminated arches, stained-glass for subdued illumination, and stress on simplicity, are hallmarks of Belluschi churches
Entering the nave through stained-glass doors, the focal point is the limestone altar, carved by distinguished sculptor John Benson, one of the first members of the School’s faculty and later, Dean of Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design. On the front side is a bas-relief of a triumphant lamb, bearing a banner of victory. Directly above the altar to emphasize the sacrificial element of the Mass is the wire sculpture “The Trinity.” This piece was created by Richard Lippold some of whose work is on a permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art.
The Church has been cited as an outstanding example of modern architecture in the Country. The Church is simple and spectacular.
Mon through Sat - 7:20 AM
Daily Vespers - 5:30 PM
Sundays - 7:00 AM