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Chapel House

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.
Our History
Our History
Chapel House, created through the generosity of an anonymous donor, opened its doors in 1959. READ MORE about Chapel House's history
Vision Statement
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: Vision Statement
Study and Reflect
Study and Reflect
At Chapel House, you may study and reflect in an environment conducive to the meditative and devotional disciplines. READ MORE in the Chapel House library.
Artwork Through Time
Artwork Through Time
At Chapel House you will be immersed in a collection of artwork from the great religions. READ MORE: Chapel House resources.
Spiritual Retreats
Spiritual Retreats
Overnight guests may take advantage of the natural beauty for reflective moments. READ MORE: Stay overnight at Chapel House.

Event Calendar

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Summer Hours

  • Mon–Fri: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sat-Sun: Closed
Please use the online reservation system to make reservations. The chapel remains open 24 hours daily.

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, NY. 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.

Contact Information

Chapel House
Colgate University
13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346-1398
Kathy Keyes
Cook & House Manager
Phone: 315-228-6087
Steven Kepnes
Director of Chapel House
Phone: 315-228-7675
Rodney Agnant
Program Coordinator in Residence
Phone: 315-228-7675
For questions regarding online reservations, please contact Kathy at
For general inquiries and questions regarding programming, please contact Rodney at