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Chapel House

Our History
Chapel House, created through the generosity of an anonymous donor, opened its doors in 1959. 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
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.

April Meditation Retreat Registration Open

Friday, April 18 - Saturday, April 19, 2014
Meditation and Interfaith Learning for Students, Educators, Social Service, and Health Care Professionals: A Retreat at the Colgate Inn, Payne Street, Hamilton, NY — LEARN MORE

Special Events

Every Thursday during the spring term at noon: Meditation Sessions
Chapel House, together with the Shaw Wellness Institute, is pleased to announce a weekly Zen meditation for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Where: The Chapel of Chapel House (to the left as you enter)
  • Cost: Free.
  • No experience necessary: Beginners welcome!
Sessions will be led by Richard Braaten, Professor of Psychology, Colgate University, and a member of the Zen Center of Syracuse; and Catherine Landis, M.S., also a member of the Zen Center of Syracuse who leads meditation sessions at Syracuse University while she works on her PhD in Ecology at SUNY-ESF.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Meditation Session (see details above).
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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.

Overnight Accommodations

Chapel House offers rooms and meals, for a modest fee, to anyone wishing to take advantage of its unique resources.

Find Chapel House

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

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.

Steven Kepnes Announced as New Director

Provost and Dean of the Faculty Douglas Hicks named Steven Kepnes the new director of Chapel House and director of the Fund for the Study of the Great Religions. READ MORE

Contact Information

Chapel House
Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346-1398

Clara Lantz
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 315-228-7675
Fax: 315-228-7914

Susan Weitz
Resident Supervisor
Phone: 315-228-6087