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Vision Statement
Chapel House has released a vision statement following a systematic review of comments, letters, e-mails, and feedback from several fora. READ MORE
Study and Reflect
At Chapel House, you may study and reflect in an environment conducive to the meditative and devotional disciplines. READ MORE
Our History
Chapel House, created through the generosity of an anonymous donor, opened its doors in 1959. READ MORE
Artwork Through Time
At Chapel House you will be immersed in a collection of artwork from the great religions. READ MORE
Spiritual Retreats
Overnight guests may take advantage of the natural beauty for reflective moments. READ MORE
Chapel House is a sanctuary and spiritual retreat center open to all for study and contemplation. We welcome guests of any religious affiliation or none, visitors who travel from down the street or across the globe.


There will be no meditation session today, Tuesday, November 24.  Meditation sessions will resume next week.

Meditation Sessions

Tuesdays starting September 8
5:00-6:00 p.m.
 Chapel House, together with the Shaw Wellness Institute, is pleased to announce a weekly Zen meditation for students, faculty, and staff in the Chapel House chapel.

Mission and Vision

Our director, Steven Kepnes, offers a reflection on upcoming building maintenance needs and Chapel House's reaffirmed mission of serving as a space for quiet reflection.

Our Offerings

Chapel House provides a serene setting for study, worship, and meditation. Its resources include the following:
  • Chapel: Available to guests in residence, casual visitors, and groups, the chapel is open 24 hours a day.
  • Overnight accommodations: Any of six private, airy rooms may be reserved by individuals planning a stay of two nights or more.
  • Library: Over 5,000 volumes represent the wisdom of the great religions of the world.
  • Religious art: In every public space, visitors will find original works of art from a number of traditions.
  • Music room: Listeners have access to thousands of recordings, from Gregorian chant to gospel, Sufi and Sabbath prayers, Buddhist sutras and Hindu ragas.

Find Chapel House

Chapel House is located on the hill at the top of Colgate University's campus in Hamilton, N.Y. 

Chapel House Schedule This Week

Monday, November 23
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 24
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 25
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 26
Thanksgiving Day - Closed

Friday, November 27
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 28
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 29
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

The chapel within Chapel House remains open 24 hours a day

Whom We Serve

Chapel House is open to everyone. Our visitors may subscribe to any religious tradition — or none.

Walk-in visitors and resident guests may be students, members of the Colgate community, or may have no affiliation with the university. Chapel House is available as a space for introspection and study to all who wish to take advantage of its resources.

Contact Information

Clara Lantz
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 315-228-7675
Kathy Keyes
Resident Supervisor
Phone: 315-228-6087
Chapel House
Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346-1398