'They Builded Wisely and Well'
More than 60 years ago, the University of Dayton celebrated the chapel's 75th anniversary with that phrase etched in brass. It's a testament to what a community of faith can build with courage, vision, support and prayer.
Today we envision a chapel that remains the symbol of the University of Dayton yet is infused with new beauty and functionality.
It is the University’s long-standing desire to be able to celebrate liturgies that are dynamic, challenging, and enriching. Our goal is to hold services that engage the faithful in full, active and conscious participation while reflecting the distinctive Marianist community-of-faith spirit.
The renovation will respect the architectural heritage and liturgical history of the chapel as it enhances the space for future generations.
The honesty of materials, nobility of design and solid workmanship of the chapel speak to the pioneering spirit of faith of the first Marianist Brothers in the United States. As much as possible, these qualities will be preserved. Original pieces of religious art will be reused when possible, and new finishes and materials will recall the history of our chapel: wooden pews, kneelers, warm colors and decorative window detail.
The renovation is set to begin in late July, 2014. Expected completion is August 2015. Masses and other Sacraments, prayer and worship services normally in the Chapel will be celebrated this year in a temporary chapel on the lower floor of Chaminade Hall. For the new Mass schedule, including parking instructions, please visit the Mass Schedule page.
Learn more by reading our "Vision Statement and Guiding Concepts for Renovation of Immaculate Conception Chapel" (.pdf)