Rockefeller fosters sense of community

Historic chapel serves as spiritual, intellectual home

Elizabeth Davenport, dean of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, explains the chapel’s importance to the UChicago community


By Susie Allen
Photo by Robert Kozloff

Since opening in 1928, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel has served as a vital spiritual, ceremonial, and artistic home for the University of Chicago. Students begin their journey at UChicago by gathering in Rockefeller Chapel for opening convocation and return throughout their time at the university—to visit the chapel’s Interreligious Center, for major campus events like the Aims of Education address and annual Martin Luther King celebration, to hear distinguished guests like Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, or Elie Wiesel, to visit Modo, the Rockefeller chapel cat, or simply to sit for a moment of quiet contemplation.

Originally published on December 16, 2013.