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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

Reflect and Remember Veterans Day Celebration

Friday, November 11, 11 a.m.-noon, in the Main Chapel

Join us for a stirring program of music and spoken word while we celebrate the veterans in our community!  A festive lunch will follow in the Garden.


Memorial Chapel: Fall 2016 Open House Dates.

Mondays (4:00pm-7:00pm)

November 7th 

December 12th 

Sundays (3:00pm-5:00pm)

November 20th 

December 11th 


Quaker Society of Friends Meeting -- Open to All!

November 16th, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Chapel Lounge

December 7th, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Chapel Lounge


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.   


Chaplains Weekly Programs – Fall 2016

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 (December 14th - December 20th, 2016): 1:00pm

Catholic Mass (Weekends)

Sundays, 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Main Chapel


Episcopal Worship: Evening Prayer

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

Garden Chapel


Hindu Chaplaincy 

Indian New Year Celebration

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Garden Chapel, 7:00pm-10:00pm


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


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  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)