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The Chapel of a Saint

Did you know that the chapel that Saint Joan of Arc prayed in is in Wisconsin? No, not a replica, but the actual chapel. Isn't that insane. Keep reading for the crazy story of how it got here. We'll also tell you about the miraculous piece of stone behind the altar.

St. Joan of Arc's chapel was originally built in Chasse, France. The chapel was built in 1420, and Joan lived from 1412-1431, so she definitely prayed there on multiple occasions! Centuries later, the house that was later built onto the chapel burned down in 1962. The property owners sought a new owner for the chapel, and found a willing one in Marquette University President Rev. Edward J. O'Donnell, S.J.

Over the course of 9 months, Marquette contractors carefully disassembled the chapel stone by stone, shipped it to Wisconsin, and reassembled it exactly as it was before. What a massive undertaking! In 1966, the chapel opened to the Marquette University family.