ST. ROBERT BELLARMINE CHURCH
143 North Fifth Street Burbank, California 91501
Rev. Paul F. Seday, Pastor
Colonial architecture reminiscent of historical places dominates the entire complex of St. Robert Bellarmine parish. It was chosen by the Very Reverend Monsignor Martin Cody Keating, pastor from 1930 to 1967, an ardent patriot, to stress the American way of life as described by the founders of our country.
Individuals, families, or groups are invited to a self-guided tour to become better acquainted with, to be inspired by, and to appreciate the many beautiful and unique symbolisms in the parish buildings.
The tour begins in front of the church at Orange Grove and Fifth Streets. Only highlights are pointed out -- the information is not all-inclusive.
Facade of the Church. The facade of the Church resembles the facade of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, and was designed by him as typically American.
The Tower. The tower resembles In-dependency Tower in Philadelphia.
Plaque. On a plaque beneath the point of the roof, in terra cotta, are the features of St. Robert as they appear on his official medal authorized by the Pope.
Front door. The door is similar to that of the Gregorian University in Rome, of which Robert Bellarmine was president. The coat of arms of Cardinal Bellarmine appears about the door. At the top corners above the door are found the American eagle and the shield of the United States guarding the Cross and the Ten Commandments, symbolizing American protection of religious liberty and individual rights.
The Flagpole. At the base of the flagpole is a bronze plaque with symbols holy to both Jew and Christian – the six pointed Star of David and the Cross. Inscribed is an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence; “All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with unalienable rights.”
The design of the Star of David and the Cross is used many times throughout the buildings of the parish, symbolizing the unity of the Judaic-Christian traditions.
(Now step inside the front doors.)
Facade of the Church