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

Labyrinth Walk for Love 

Walk the Labyrinth this week and leave a message of love to counteract the expressions of hate in Kansas City. Journal provided near Labyrinth entrance.   

Christian Holy Week -- All are welcome!

Tuesday, April 15

Noon, Roman Catholic Mass, Main Chapel (Confession at 11:30 am)

12:30 - 5:00pm, Adoration, small Chapel

5:00 - 7:15 pm, Lutheran Bible Study, Worship, and Dinner, Main Chapel and Lounge

7:30 - 9:00 pm, Ancient Spiritual Practices, Lounge

Wednesday, April 16

Noon, Roman Catholic Mass, Main Chapel (Confession at 11:30 am)

Noon - 1:30 pm, Baptist Bible Study, Lounge

Noon - 2:00 pm, Graduate Student Bible Study and Lunch, Conference Room

12:30 - 1:30 pm, Living from the Spiritual Heart, Thurgood Marshall Room, Stamp Student Union, sponsored by the United Campus Ministry, Shalem Institute, and Memorial Chapel

5:30 pm, Roman Catholic Mass and Dinner, Catholic Student Center

6:00 - 8:30 pm, Methodist Bible Study and Worship, Main Chapel

Holy Thursday, April 17

Noon - 3:00 pm, Holy Thursday at UMD, Outdoors, Stamp Student Union

Noon Meditation Class and Noon Roman Catholic Mass will not be held today.     

8:00 - 10:00 pm, Baptist Worship, Garden Chapel

Good Friday, April 18

Noon - 3:00 pm, Confessions, small Chapel

Noon Roman Catholic Mass will not be held today.

3:00 pm, Stations of the Cross, McKeldin Mall, Meet at Library Steps

Easter Saturday, April 19

8:00 pm, Roman Catholic Mass, Catholic Student Center

Easter Sunday, April 20

10:00 am, Roman Catholic Mass, Catholic Student Center 

11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Black Ministries Worship, Garden Chapel

 Noon, Roman Catholic Mass, Main Chapel

Passover Activities

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The Memorial Chapel is Hiring! Seeking Event Managers for Summer 2014 and Beyond!

Are you interested in event planning and event management?  Are you looking for a flexible campus job that will help you develop your professional skills?  The Memorial Chapel is currently searching for qualified students for its Summer 2014 and 2014-2015  Event Manager Staff. Chapel Event Managers are responsible for facilitating more than 1,100 events held annually at Memorial Chapel to include weddings, concerts, commencements, lectures, and other special events.  Ideal candidates have excellent communication skills, customer service experience, the ability to work independently, and a strong desire to create and manage successful events.  Starting salary is $9.25/hour 

Applications are due by Friday, April 18.  If interested, please request an application from Rebecca Silverman at Return completed applications to Rebecca at or turn in a hardcopy at 1101 Memorial Chapel. Questions may be directed to Rebecca via e-mail or by phone to 301-314-9893.

For more information view the official job listing here.

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 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.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.

Interfaith Experience Project

Curious about other faiths? Interested in attending services of other traditions? Join the Interfaith Experience Project hosted by MICA and the Memorial Chapel. Learn about the Baptist faith by visiting the Aletheia College Park Ministry on Sunday, April 27 (time TBA).  This event is free and open to UMD students. Register at: 

A Journey into Spring and Transformation

Fridays, April 11, 18, and 25 at noon-1pm

Guided meditation and labyrinth walk with Edie Anderson of the Health Center. RSVP with lunch request for turkey or veggie sandwich to

Noon-Time Thursdays: Meditation, Spiritual Conversation and Brown Bag Lunch 

All are welcome for an afternoon of meditation, spiritual reflection and spiritual conversation. The group will meet in the lounge of the Memorial Chapel from 12 to 1pm on Thursday afternoons. Make sure to bring your lunch! Session are facilitated by Episcopal Chaplain Rev. Otis Gaddis III. As the days get warmer, the group will engage at the Labyrinth instead of seated meditation. 

For more information, please contact Rev. Otis Gaddis III at 

Wind Down Wednesday 

- April 23rd, drop in between 12:30-2:00pm

- May 14th, drop in between 12:30-2:00pm 

Enjoy a mellow lunchtime in a quiet repose of the Garden Chapel. Listen to live music, played on a grand piano, as you experience the multifaith Tree of Life community art installation. This is a perfect time for personal reflection, including quiet conversation or using journals for writing reflection. Walk the nearby labyrinth. Reserve a simple vegetarian or turkey lunch by emailing or calling 4-9893.

Wedding and All-Event Open House, Memorial Chapel 

Planning a wedding and searching for a venue that is unique and beautiful? Looking for the ideal atmosphere for your lecture, concert, or meeting? Consider renting a space at the Memorial Chapel! To take a tour and learn about services offered, join us for our Wedding and All-Event Open House on the following date: Saturday, May 3 - 11:00am-1:00pm

For more information call the Memorial Chapel at (301) 314-9866 or e-mail at

Ongoing Spiritual Programs and Worship return with the Spring Semester

Black Student Ministries: Sundays 11am in the Garden Chapel, worship service

Roman Catholic Chaplaincy: Sunday 12pm in the Main Chapel, Sunday Mass; Monday-Friday 12pm in the Main Chapel, Daily Mass;First Friday of each month, 12pm Mass and Pizza Lunch

United Campus Ministry: Sundays 6pm in the Main Chapel, UCM Protestant Worship Service or hot topic discussions

Episcopal/Anglican Ministry: Tuesdays 7:30pm in the Chapel Lounge, Contemplation Spirituality

Lutheran Campus Ministry: Tuesdays 5pm in the Chapel Lounge, dinner and worship

Orthodox Chaplaincy (OCF): Tuesdays 5pm in the Garden Chapel, Orthodox Vespers service

United Methodist Chaplaincy: Wednesdays 7pm in the Main Chapel, worship service and Bible study; Thursdays 7:15pm, Game Night

Baptist Collegiate Ministries: Thursdays at 8pm in the Garden Chapel of Memorial Chapel, large group and worship

UMD Hillel: Fridays at 6pm at UMD Hillel (note: separate center, not at the Chapel), Shabbat service and dinner

UMD Chabad: Fridays at 8pm at the Chabad Jewish Student Center (note:separate center, not at the Chapel), Shabbat dinner

Don't see the service or chaplaincy that you're looking for?  Reach out to one of our 14 Chaplains to find the service or program for you at:

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.

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. 


The Memorial Chapel is now on Instagram!

Check us out: @chapelumd

2002 Class Gift

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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