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Sacred Campus Spaces

There are many prayer/meditation and worship locations in the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses listed below to accommodate organized Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist practice on campus. Anyone is free to use these spaces for prayer and quiet meditation when they have not been scheduled. We invite you to join us at any of the locations.

We also know that you may be interested in branching out beyond DePaul's campuses. The city of Chicago is rich with diverse religious communities. From the Baha'i temple in nearby Wilmette, to the Downtown Islamic Center located steps from the Loop campus, to a myriad of churches, temples and synagogues within walking distance of the Lincoln Park campus -- there are many congregations that DePaul faculty, students and staff call home.

These congregations differ in culture, style of practice, location, membership etc., so rather than provide a laundry list of locations that you could Google yourself, we recommend you meet with an appropriate University Ministry staff person to get a recommendation based on who you are and what you are looking for in a house of worship. Please feel free to contact us at 773.325.7902 .

DePaul's Sacred Spaces

DePaul’s Sacred Spaces include:
  • St. Louise de Marillac Chapel 
    Lincoln Park, first floor of the Student Center, 
    2250 N. Sheffield 
    (Capacity: 50)
  • ​Interfaith Sacred Space 
    Lincoln Park Student Center, next to the Louise de Marillac Chapel
    2250 N. Sheffield 
    (Capacity: 45)
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Chapel 
    Loop, first floor of the Lewis Center,
    25 E. Jackson 
    (Capacity: 60)
Muslim Prayer Spaces
  • Lincoln Park: located on the third floor, Suite 329 of the Student Center
  • The Loop: located on the fourth floor, Room 436 of the Computer and Digital Media building

As Sacred Spaces, these distinct areas of DePaul are reserved for activities that include worship, ritual, prayer, meditation, Bible study and sacred music. Use of these spaces for all other activities such as meetings or fellowship activities is not permitted. However, at times classes or other groups may want to visit the spaces as part of learning activities.

Guidelines for all Sacred Spaces

  • Food and beverages are not allowed, except for ritual use or with special permission from University Ministry staff. Contact University Ministry at 773.325.7902.
  • Each space must be left as it was originally found, with furnishings placed back and any materials, books or refuse removed.
  • Guidelines specific to each space:

St. Louise de Marillac Chapel

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  • Worship, prayer, meditation and sacred music are permitted by all Christian based groups, with scheduling preference given to the Catholic community.
  • While groups or individuals are invited to use the chapel, the altar (which has been consecrated) may only be used for Catholic liturgy and prayer. Similarly, items should never be placed on the altar.
  • Chairs, piano and liturgical furnishing (altar, podium, etc.) may only be moved or rearranged with prior permission from Matt Merkt, Catholic Campus Ministry Chaplain for Liturgy/Music.​​​

Miraculous Medal Chapel (Loop)

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  • Worship, prayer, meditation and sacred music are permitted by all faith/spiritual groups, with scheduling preference given to the Catholic community.
  • While groups or individuals are invited to use the chapel, the altar (which has been consecrated) may only be used for Catholic liturgy and prayer. Similarly, items should never be placed on the altar.
  • When non-Catholic liturgies or practice take place the curtains around the Tabernacle at the Miraculous Medal altar must be pulled and should be re-opened when the prayer or practice is complete.​​​

Scheduling Sacred Spaces

With Outlook

  • Create an appointment request and invite SacredSpaces@depaul.edu.
  • Subject should include the name of the event and sponsoring organization/ministry.
  • Indicate which Sacred Space you wish to reserve (St. Louise de Marillac Chapel, Miraculous Medal Chapel or Interfaith Sacred Space).
  • Select the exact time you need the space (include time for set-up/clean-up).
  • Comments include the type of activities proposed, special needs (piano, prayer benches, etc.), indicate recurrence of event if necessary and include the number of anticipated participants.
  • An acceptance/decline notice will be sent shortly after the request is submitted.

With Gmail

  • Click on calendar.
  • Click on create.
  • In the event box indicate the name of the event and sponsoring organization or ministry.
  • Indicate date and time (include time for set-up/clean-up).
  • For recurring events, check “repeat” and indicate recurrence dates. Recurring appointments will not be accepted without an end date. Recurring appointments will not be accepted without an end date. Recurring appointments will only be accepted for one academic quarter at a time.
  • Indicate the location (St. Louise de Marillac Chapel, Miraculous Medal Chapel or Interfaith Sacred Space).
  • In the description box include the type of activities proposed, special needs (piano, prayer benches, etc.) and the number of anticipated participants.
  • Off to the right include as a guest.
  • Click save button at top of page.
  • Click send button.
  • An acceptance/decline notice will be sent shortly after the request is submitted.