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Office of University Mission and Ministry

McDonough Chapel
of the Mother of Mercy

Chapel ExteriorLiturgy Schedule

Sunday Student Liturgy
8:00 p.m.
(Choir practice at 6:45 p.m.)

Weekday Liturgies

Mass on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at noon.

And Mass on FIRST Fridays of each month during the academic year. Liturgy of the Word with Communion is celebrated on the other Fridays of each month.

Hours
McDonough Chapel of the Mother of Mercy is open for private prayer and meditation Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

About the Chapel

Chapel Interior

McDonough Chapel, honoring Mary under the title of the Mother of Mercy, is named to recognize the gift of Jim and Jacque McDonough. The Chapel, dedicated by Bishop John Gorman in October, 2000, seats 220. The octagonal shape of the building symbolizes the ancient Christian tradition of the "8th day of creation,"  the day of Christ's resurrection.

The art within the Chapel follows two main themes. The first is that of wings, found in several sculpted pieces. The bronze cast tabernacle was inspired by the Genesis 1 passage, "and the spirit hovered over the waters." Unique to the Chicago area, the tabernacle is suspended from the ceiling and is in the shape of a winged creature hovering over the world that also conjures the words of the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-89): "The Holy Ghost over the bent world broods, with warm breast and with ah! bright wings."

The second main art theme is the Celtic knot. Although pre-dating Christianity, the Celtic knot was adopted by Irish Christians to reflect the belief that God is without a beginning or an end. This symbol is found in both the stained glass and the sculpted pieces.

A Marian collection of two-dimensional artwork is comprised of multi-cultural images of the Blessed Mother that rotate within the Chapel interior according to liturgical season.

The exterior entrance to the building is lined with bricks that compose the Mercy Heritage Walk, naming all Sisters of Mercy who have worked at the current Chicago campus, as well as the five founders and early presidents of the institution.

Reconcilation Room

Architect: Newman Architecture
Liturgical Design Consultant: Mark Joseph Costello, Capuchin
Sculptor: Russell Baron
Stained Glass: Kenneth von Roenn, Jr.

The Reconciliation Room is an intimate prayer space available to all individuals and small groups for private prayer and reflection.