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St. Elizabeth Seton is located in a suburb of Indianapolis that was once a rural landscape dotted with farm buildings. The design of the parish complex recalls that heritage by using strong, simple forms in a pastoral setting.
Completed in 1985, the parish complex is composed of five independent structures arranged around a commons area. The church, which seats 800, evokes a rural quality with its open rafters and wood ceiling. The height of the worship space imparts a sense of quiet reverence. An inviting fellowship hall, administrative offices and a weekday chapel are housed in separate structures. The commons area is multi-purpose; it serves as an entry area to each of the separate structures and as a gathering space before and after liturgies.