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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

Welcome Back 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.   

Reservations- Student Groups & Departements  

To request information about availability, room rental fees, and the reservation process, please contact our office and speak to one of our Event Managers, via email at or phone at 301.314.9866. 

Weddings & Special Events 

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! Visit out wedding website at . 

Chaplains Weekly Programs – Fall 2017

Baptist Connection – Jess Senasack

Worship, Thursdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Garden Chapel

Black Ministries- Dr. Ruby Moone 

Worship, Sundays, 11:00am-1:00pm, Garden Chapel
Catholic Chaplaincy-Fr. Rob Walsh

Weekday Mass, Monday – Fridays, 12:00-12:30pm, Main Chapel

[During Exam Week: 1:00pm]


Weekend Mass, Sundays, 8:00pm - 9:00pm, Main Chapel

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Episcipal Chaplaincy- Rev. Kristen Pitts

Evening Prayer, Mondays, 5:00 - 7:00pm

Garden Chapel & Conference Room



Lutheran Campus Ministry- Rev. Ray Ranker 

En Camino, Wednesdays, 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Lounge 

Phone: 301-405-8448

Hindu Chaplaincy- Kiran Sankla

Fall Concert, Tuesday, 9/26​ at 6:00pm, Main Chapel


 Muslim Prayer Service- Tarif Shraim

 Jummah, Fridays, 12pm and 1pm, Nyumburu Cultural Center

Halaqa, Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm, the Musallah, 0204 Cole Building



Orthodox Christian

Worship, Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:00pm, Garden Chapel


United Campus Ministry: Worship, Study, and Dinner

Worship, Study, and Dinner, Sundays, 6:00-7:30pm, Garden Chapel & Lounge 


United Methodist Chaplaincy

Worship and Bible Study, Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30pm, Main Chapel

Meal and Game Night, Thursdays, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm, Lounge 

Email: BPinder2@UMD.Edu       



Other Special Special Programs 

"There is a Solution"- These 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

Garden Grant- Host Your Event 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. 

This Week at the Chapel

Remembrance Service for Victims of Terrorism

Monday, Sept. 11.  12:30 p.m.   Garden of Reflection and Remembrance.

Pay tribute to victims of terrorism, including those affected by the 9/11 tragedy.  Students and chaplains of varied faiths will offer short reflections.  Lay a memory stone in the meditative Labyrinth.  .