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Marian Garden

"The Marian Garden that surrounds the tower will draw us in, quiet our hearts, inspire contemplation, and comfort us."
— Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C., Former President of the University of Portland

Between the iconic Bell Tower and the Chapel of Christ the Teacher is a quiet garden dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Christ.

At the center of the Marian Garden is the bronze statue of Mary, who holds holds a lily, an ancient Christian symbol of purity. The garden’s design places the statue directly outside of the space in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher that contains the tabernacle. Mary, having held Jesus in her body for nine months, is an image of the tabernacle, which holds the Real Presence of Jesus, and of us all, who bear Christ to the world.

  • Overview of Bell tower and Marian Garden
    A view of the Marian Garden beneath the Bell Tower
  • Statue of Mary in shadow
    The Marian Garden offers a place for reflection in the heart of campus.
  • Statue of Mary in snow
    Each season highlights a different aspect of the Garden's beauty.
  • Statue of Mary in front of cherry blossoms
    St. Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, is the Patroness of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Her presence in the midst of the Academic Quad offers a reminder of God's plan of mercy, which inspires the work at UP.
  • Marian Garden at night
    The Marian Garden is a popular place on campus for meditation and prayer. All are welcome to stop by and spend a few moments with Mary throughout the day.