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1101 Memorial Chapel
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


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.



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The Gardened Heart Journal Project

posted on August 24, 2016

In the Garden of Reflection and Remembrance, journals sit on shelves under two benches, waiting for visitors to write on their blank pages. Throughout the seasons, students, staff, community members, parents, and alumni have filled these journals with quick notes, long reveries, hopes, dreams, and sorrows. The passage of time is indicated in the journals as the semester begins, midterms approach, finals come crashing down, summer nears, and graduation is celebrated.

Writers expressed an eagerness to connect with their community on the journal pages, a yearning to be heard, and a need for their story to be recorded. Some authors simply desired to express their thoughts and feelings, however profound, insignificant, or fleeting. Overall, the tone of the journal entries is one of sharing, concern, and honest discernment.

As with many projects, this one began with a question: “What are people sharing or experiencing through the journals?” This simple question came to be answered through an engaging and eye-opening process. In the end, fifteen journals were reviewed, containing 3,162 journal entries/excerpts (including drawings). This report focuses on the themes of religion, contemplation, meditation, thoughtfulness, the garden and labyrinth, sacred places, relationships, campus experiences, suicide and depression, and encouragement and community.

Click here to view the final product in all its beauty. These pages will make you smile, make you laugh, and make you cry. On each page, a new unique and personal story worth sharing. 

Upcoming Events

Soul Walks,  Tuesdays, July 19 - August 23, 2016

Drop in between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Take time to nourish yourself.  Restore your soul as you walk the meditative path at the Chapel Labyrinth in the Garden of Reflection and Remembrance. Read and reflect on passages capturing aspects of the human spirit. Spend time journaling. Labyrinth facilitators will be available to help guide your way.

Memorial Chapel: Spring 2016 Open House Dates.

Sunday, August 14th, 2016              2:00PM-4:30PM


Go, Terps!

The Chapel bells ring the Maryland Fight Song at 11:30 am (or 1:30 pm) and 30 minutes before each men's basketball, women's basketball, and football game.   

Important Dates Fall 2016

First Day of Classes August 29 (Monday)
Labor Day September 5 (Monday)
Thanksgiving Recess November 23-27 (Wednesday-Sunday)
Last Day of Classes December 12 (Monday)
Reading Day December 13 (Tuesday)
Final Exams December 14-20 (Wednesday-Tuesday)
Commencement - Main Ceremony December 20 (Tuesday)
Commencement - College/Department Ceremonies December 21 (Wednesday)

Chaplains Weekly Programs – Fall 2016

Black Ministries Worship

Sundays, 11:00am-1:00pm

Garden Chapel


Catholic Mass

Sundays, 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Main Chapel


United Campus Ministries: Worship, Study, and Dinner

Sundays, 6:00-8:00pm

Main Chapel


Catholic Mass (Weekdays)

Monday – Sunday (Except Fridays), 12:00-12:30pm

Main Chapel

Exam Week (May 12th, 2016-May 18th, 2016): 12:30pm

Orthodox Christian Worship

Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:00pm

Garden Chapel 


Episcopal Worship: Evening Prayer

Tuesdays, Prayer, 6:30 - 8:30 pm



United Methodist Worship and Bible Study

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Main Chapel

Game Night: Thursdays, 6:30 pm


Baptist Connection Worship

Thursdays, 8 - 9:30 pm

Garden Chapel


Muslim Prayer Service


Fridays, 12pm and 1pm

Nyumburu Cultural Center

Br. Tarif's Halaqa

Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm

The Musallah, 0204 Cole


A Little Inspiration: Remembering the Orlando Tragedy

We send our sincere support, love and condolences to any and all University of Maryland students, staff, and faculty who are and were deeply affected by the mass shooting in Orlando. In times of stress and strain, chaos and peril, people everywhere have found the strength, courage and faith to come together, despite differences, to unite in a common cause: peace. As we weep, mourn and grieve the loss of life in the Orlando shootings, we must also strive towards greater effort to ensure the liberty and protection of all lives. Though in times of tragedies, such as this one, we are marked with anger, frustration, and confusion, we must also remember to respond to injustices with compassion, love and understanding. If ever you find yourself in need of a space and place to vent, reflect, talk to someone, or just sit in silence, Memorial Chapel is open Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. No appointments necessary. Just walk in. 

Main Chapel, Garden Chapel and Gardens: Open for Reflection 

Need a place to decompress, 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 interfaith Tree of Life has been permanently installed in the Garden  Chapel; all are invited to visit the space to admire this sacred 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

Want the Chapel to host one of your events for FREE? 

Apply today for a $250 to supplement an event or initiative that features the Chapel's Garden of Reflection and Remembrance and/or Chapel Labyrinth. Funds may be used by UMD student organizations or departments, or off-campus organizations to supplement Chapel rentals, honoraria, supplies, marketing, or food. For a grant application, email or call 301-314-9893Skype301-314-9893. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed within one week. 

Interested in Booking with the Chapel

Whether you're a bride looking for the perfect ceremony spot or just looking for a great place to host a meeting, lecture, concert, baptism, or any other special event, the Memorial Chapel is just the place for you! NEW!  When booking with both the Chapel as your wedding venue and the Stamp Student Union as your reception site, receive a 10% discount from both venues!! Contact our Reservations Office at 301-314-9866 or for pricing, availability and more information!