Center for Campus Life

Memorial Chapel

Although the Chapel is one of the University's most visible icons, many are unaware of its role as a Memorial to those Maryland students, alumni, faculty and staff who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Chaplaincies work collectively to serve the spiritual needs of the University of Maryland.
Anyone is welcome to reserve space in Memorial Chapel regardless of their affiliation to the University.
$200,000 grant from the TKF Foundation to create a garden of Reflection and Remembrance on the South side of the Chapel.

Mission Statement

The Memorial Chapel is a multi-faceted campus facility serving numerous on-and off- campus populations and is home to a diverse range of events and personnel. Dedicated in 1952 as a living memorial to members of the University community that gave their lives in times of war, the Memorial Chapel is the center of religious life on campus and supports all fourteen university recognized chaplaincies and their programs. In addition, it is the site for weddings, concerts, lectures, convocations, commencements and other special events throughout the year.

Host your wedding at the Memorial Chapel.

Upcoming Events

Fridays in October: Pathways to Gratitude

Join Edie Anderson from the University Health Center for a free session of meditation and yogic breathing exercises around the theme of forgiveness and gratitude. Lunch is included! Sessions will meet every Friday (October 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th) from noon to 1:00PM at the Memorial Chapel Labyrinth and Garden of Remembrance and Reflection. Please RSVP to chapel@umd.edu or (301) 314-9866 with lunch preference of veggie or turkey. This event is funded in part by Open Spaces Sacred Places. Sponsored by Engagement, the Memorial Chapel, and the University Health Center.

9/11 Food Drive through Sept. 26th

Commemorate those who lost their lives in the tragic events of Sept. 11th 2001 and all those who served in some way on that day. Please drop off canned food items for Veteran Student Life 9/11 Food Drive. The Food Drive will last until September 26th.  

New Chapel Tradition 

At every home and away Football, Men's Basketball and Women's Basketball game day, the carillon will chime the "Maryland Victory Song" at 11:30am and 30 minutes prior to the announced game time. Go Terps!

Upcoming Wedding & All-Event Open Houses

Come join us to learn more about renting the chapel for your wedding ceremony or other special event! All are welcome, and the event is free.

- Saturday, September 20 - 9 -12 pm 

- Monday, October 6, 2 - 8 pm 

- Sunday, October 19, 2 - 4:30 pm  

Chaplains Weekly Programs – Fall 2014

Christian Reconnect Worship Service 

Wednesdays, 1:00-1:45pm

Garden Chapel 

Roman Catholic Mass

Monday – Friday, 12:00-12:30pm

Main Chapel

Orthodox Christian Worship

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30pm

Garden Chapel

Baptist Worship & Prayer Meeting

Thursdays, 8:00-9:30pm

Garden Chapel

Lutheran Student Association Worship and Dinner

Tuesdays, 5:00-7:00pm

Chapel Lounge

United Methodist Worship and Bible Study

Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30pm

Garden Chapel

Ancient Spiritual Practices and Contemplation

Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm

Chapel Lounge

Black Ministries Worship

Sundays, 11:00am-1:00pm

Garden Chapel

Sunday Roman Catholic Mass

12:00-1:00pm

Main Chapel

United Campus Ministries

Sundays, 6:00-8:00pm

Main Chapel

GardenConnect at Memorial Chapel

Come check out Memorial Chapel’s unique interactive tour for young children (6-12), GardenConnect! It is a great opportunity to learn about University of Maryland’s campus, the beautiful garden surrounding the Chapel, as well as the Chapel itself, one of UMD’s most iconic landmarks. This program is free of charge and we tailor the tour to fit both the age group and the specific interests of the children. Contact Denise McHugh, Chapel Coordinator, for more information about placing a reservation. Funded by Open Spaces, Sacred Places. 

Main Chapel, Garden Chapel and Gardens: Open for Reflection 

Need a place to decompress, relax, meditate, or pray? Come by the Main or the Garden (West) Chapels, typically open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. Monday through Friday. The Memorial Chapel is proud to announce that the interfaith Tree of Life has been permanently installed in the Garden (West) Chapel and invite those of all backgrounds and faiths to visit the space to admire the gorgeous work of art and to take time to pray, relax, and reflect. The Garden of Reflection and Remembrance is also available during daylight hours, and equally as welcoming and relaxing.

West Chapel Renamed: Garden Chapel

The West Chapel has officially been renamed the Garden Chapel, in honor of the new installation of the Tree of Life, a community art project that reflects the Tree of Life symbol in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths. Those of all backgrounds and faiths are invited to visit the space to admire the gorgeous work of art and to take time to pray, relax, and reflect.

Announcements

The Memorial Chapel is now on Instagram!

Check us out: @chapelumd


2002 Class Gift

Learn about the 2002 Class Gift here.
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Faith Survey
Interested in learning more about the faith communities and chaplaincies on campus? Click here and fill out the University's faith preference survey to receive information.

Chapel Garden
In a time when most people run their lives with an overcrowded calendar and the world seems a bit more fragile, finding time - let alone a place - to reflect is difficult.
The Garden of Reflection and Remembrance is such a peaceful place to visit.


View Garden Naming Opportunities

View/Print Garden Gift Form