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Religious & Spiritual Life

Evans Chapel

Evans Chapel

Evans Memorial Chapel is a beloved landmark at the University of Denver built in the Early Gothic Revival style. Tradition has it that it was disassembled brick by brick, and then reassembled in the center of campus. Originally John Evans, the founder of the University of Denver, built the chapel in the 1860s in downtown Denver. The building is now on the National Register of Historic Places (no. 74000567) and a registered historical site of the United Methodist Church (no. 210). Used as a place of worship for decades, and by religious organizations on campus still today, it is also one of the most desirable places for weddings of the University of Denver students, faculty, and staff.      

Who uses Evans Chapel?

  • Evans Chapel is used by many people. It was intended to be a place for private prayer and reflection, as well as a place for campus religious groups. It was also expected that it would be a perfect site for weddings and memorial services. So, the short answer is that the Chapel is available to anyone, regardless of religious tradition.  [For more information about group reservations, see the next FAQ!]
  • Evans Chapel is open daily from 6:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

During the Academic Year, several student groups make regular use of the Chapel:

  • Catholic Campus Ministries holds a weekly mass at 6:00 p.m. on Sundays
  • DU Bhakti Club meets weekly for meditation, teaching and a free vegetarian meal at 5:00pm on Tuesdays.
  • CRU (Campus Crusade) holds a weekly service at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays

EVans Chapel "Set-ups"

Evans Chapel is meant to be available for use to folks of multiple (or no) faith traditions. We have worked to make it "adjustable" for a variety of services/ceremonies.

As the photos show, we have symbols available for the five major faith traditions represented at DU:  Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. In addition, the large permanently-installed cross can be curtained off. The photos suggest any number of ways the various symbols and candles can be arranged. We only ask that if a user changes the set-up, it is returned to the "steady state" (the first photo).  If you have any questions/concerns, please contact the University Chaplain.

Evans Chapel Steady State

This is meant to be the "steady state" of the Chapel -- the curtains open, with the five candles in the stand.

One Tradition

This is an example of how a non-Christian tradition might use its symbol and candles. Of course, no candles need to be used; the symbol could stand alone.

Missed Marriage

This is an example of how two different symbols might be used (along with candles) for a mixed-marriage, or a two-tradition worship service.

Interfaith

While also displaying all of the available symbols, this is an example of how the front may be arranged for a fully interfaith ceremony.

The individual symbols are stored behind the organ console, and are covered by velvet bags. Please treat them carefully!

Reserving Evans Memorial Chapel

For information on rates, or scheduling the Chapel, follow the link below or email Conferences and Events:

Evans Chapel's "Address"

We are often asked "What is the address for Evans Chapel?" At one point, it DID have a street address, but now, it borders no "street". It is in the middle of campus, and signage should point the way!

Or, ask your GPS to find: +39.676568, -104.963033

 

Other Prayer Rooms on DU's CAmpus

There are, currently, three other meditation/prayer spaces on campus:

  • Driscoll Center South, Suite 29 (next to the University Chaplain's Office).  Open whenever the Driscoll Center is open.
  • Centennial Towers, Room 113.  Open from 4:00 am to midnight. Access to the building for non-residents is available by calling the front desk from one of the red phones at the entrances.
  • Katherine A. Ruffato Hall 224 (between the computer lab and stairwell at the east end of the building).  Open whenever the building is open.
  • Wesley Hall 206. Card-swipe access only. Contact Renee.carvalho@du.edu for access set-up.