Jesuit High School, founded in Tampa, Florida in 1899, moved to its current campus in 1956. The new Chapel of the Holy Cross was dedicated August 7, 2018, by the Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, S.J. It is a brick and limestone chapel seating 900, inspired by the Jesuit tradition and the centralized church type.
The facade is composed of a limestone Doric portico with the inscription “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam”. Marble statues of Saint Ignatius and Saint Francis Xavier are located to either side of the portico. The chapel is topped with an octagonal cupola and a 14-foot gold cross that can be seen from afar.
Four corner shrines are dedicated to Jesuit martyrs: Saint Isaac Jogues, Saint Edmund Campion, Blessed Miguel Pro, and Saint Paul Miki, and the inscription over the sanctuary arch is taken from the liturgy on Good Friday: “Behold the wood of the cross on which hung the Savior of the world. Come let us adore him.” The stained glass window in the sanctuary depicts the Wedding Feast of the Lamb, and the window over the choir loft depicts the Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden.
In the apse is an altarpiece of the scene at La Storta, where Saint Ignatius received a vision of God the Father and Christ holding the cross and was told by Christ “Ego tibi Romae propitius ero.” (“I will be favorable to you in Rome.”)