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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

Wednesday, May 24, from 1:00 - 1:30pm: Moment of Reflection at the Chapel Labyrinth

Join the campus chaplains to honor the Lieutenant Collins and to stand in solidarity with his family, friends, and the entire Bowie State University community.  Music and a time for reflection. 


Monday -Wedding & All-Event Open House: June 5th, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00pm

It's that time again! 

Memorial Chapel would like to cordially invite you to our 7th Wedding and All-Event Open House on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. 

Main Chapel: With white interior with burgundy accents, a Moller Pipe Organ,a Baldwin grand piano, and seating for 1,000, the Main Chapel is ideal for large weddings, concerts, conferences, and religious services. 

Garden Chapel: A quaint location with red brick walls and rustic wood trusses. The large arched windows allow views of the beautiful Garden of Reflection and Remembrance that surrounds the Garden Chapel on all sides. Maximum occupancy is 100, with about 90 guests seated comfortably. 

Bridal Suite: Quaint and vintage, the Bridal Suite features two rooms: a powder room rich with 1950's flair, and an adjoining seating room. This location is available for all Main Chapel weddings, but has been used for wedding proposals and as a green room space for large events.

Lounge:A cozy, informal space with chairs and sofas that can seat approximately 25 people, with stacking chairs for a maximum of 30 people. This location is perfect for an informal meeting. Food and beverages are allowed in the Lounge. 

Conference Room:A formal meeting room with seating for 18 people. It is equipped with a flat screen TV with laptop connection cables, wireless internet, dry erase board, and easel paper. The Conference Room is the formal atmosphere needed for departmental board or committee meetings and reports or presentations. 

Chapel Garden, Patio & Labyrinth: The Garden of Reflection and Remembrance contains many elements that come together to create an area uniquely for contemplation. The labyrinth is a sanctuary for those who walk while they think, while benches offer a place for those who want to sit still. Water features add a soothing dynamic, while journals allow the community to express their emotions. Additional spaces commemorate the bravery of our veterans as well as historic university milestones. This space can be used for meditation sessions, class sessions, and very small weddings. 

Memorial Chapel: Spring 2017 Wedding and All-Event Open House Dates:

Mondays (4:00pm-6:30pm)

Jun. 5th

Jun. 19th

July 3rd


 Sundays (4:00pm-6:00pm)

May 7th (10:00am-12:00pm)

Jun. 11th 

July 23rd


Go, Terps!

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

LAST Wind Down Wednesday: May 10, 12:30 PM-2 PM at the Garden Chapel

Drop in for relaxing, meditative music. Enjoy a free lunch. Walk the labyrinth in the adjacent garden. Sponsored by Pepsi and the Open Spaces, Sacred Places Foundation. 

Labyrinth Lounging: Friday May 12, 12 PM-5 PM at the Chapel Garden

Get inspired for exams as you walk the meditative labyrinth in the Chapel Garden. Write a hopeful message on a river stone to take home. 

Gardenside Studying: Monday May 15, Tuesday May 16, and Wednesday May 17, 10 AM-4 PM at the Chapel Garden

Drop in for some gardenside studying! Hit the books in the cozy conference room overlooking the Chapel Garden. Take a break and walk the calming labyrinth. Healthy snacks provided.

Math Tutoring: Friday May 12, 10 AM- 4 PM in the Lounge and Conference Room.

Need some math help? Stop in and get your questions answered at this Baptist Collegiate Ministries sponsored finals week event!

UAID Yoga Evening: Wednesday May 10, 6:30 PM- 7:30 PM in the Chapel Garden (inside Garden Chapel in the event of bad weather)

United Against Inequities in Diseases (UAID) will be hosting FREE yoga in the Garden. Come out to do some maintenance on your wellness and mental health in our space for relaxation, physical activity and mindfulness.

Chaplains Weekly Programs – Spring 2017

Baptist Connection Worship

Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Garden Chapel


Black Ministries Worship

Sundays, 11:00am-1:00pm

Garden Chapel

Catholic Mass (Weekdays)

Monday – Fridays, 12:00-12:30pm

Main Chapel

Exam Week: 1:00pm

Catholic Mass (Weekends)

Sundays, 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Main Chapel


Episcopal Worship: Evening Prayer

Wednesdays, Prayer, 6:30 - 7:30pm

Garden Chapel


Hindu Chaplaincy 

To be announced!

Muslim Prayer Service


Fridays, 12pm and 1pm

Nyumburu Cultural Center

Br. Tarif's Halaqa

Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm

The Musallah, 0204 Cole


Orthodox Christian Worship

Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:00pm

Garden Chapel 


United Campus Ministry: Worship, Study, and Dinner

Tuesdays, Hot Topics, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Lounge 

Wednesdays, L3: The Power of Purpose, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Stamp Student Union (Room TBD)

Thursdays, Study Zone, 5:30pm-7:00pm, Conference Room 

Sundays, Weekly Worship & Discussion, 6:00-7:30pm, Garden Chapel & Lounge 

United Methodist Worship and Bible Study

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Main Chapel

Meal and Game Night: 

Thursdays, 6:30 pm

"There is a Solution"

Weekly "There is a Solution" meetings are held in our chapel's conference room from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursdays! 

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 301-314-9893. 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!


Important Dates  Spring 2017 

First Day of Classes January 25 (Wednesday)
Spring Break March 19-26 (Sunday-Sunday)
Last Day of Classes May 11 (Thursday)
Reading Day May 12 (Friday)
Final Exams May 13-19 (Saturday-Friday)
Commencement - College/Department Ceremonies May 20 (Saturday)
Commencement - Main Ceremony and College/Department Ceremonies May 21 (Sunday)
Commencement - College/Department Ceremonies May 22 (Monday)