Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus

Campus Ministry

Policies and Guidelines for Weddings in McDonough Chapel

Congratulations and Welcome!

Saint Xavier University and University Mission and Ministry congratulate you on your upcoming marriage. We rejoice with you and offer you our prayers and best wishes as you prepare to celebrate the holy sacrament before God and God's people.

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We are pleased that you are considering celebrating your marriage here at McDonough Chapel.

Who Can Get Married at McDonough Chapel?

Weddings are normally to be celebrated in parish churches. It is an exception when the Sacrament of Marriage is celebrated in a chapel. Permission for the exception must be explicitly granted by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Through the Office of University Mission and Ministry, Saint Xavier University is willing to request such permission on behalf of currently enrolled, degree-seeking students, full-time staff or full-time faculty of the University.

We encourage alumni to establish membership in a parish and celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage within that faith community. In some cases, for pastoral reasons, alumni may seek permission to celebrate a wedding in McDonough Chapel. Such requests must be in writing and must receive special approval by the Vice President for University Mission and Ministry.

McDonough Chapel is a Roman Catholic chapel, and as such, all weddings scheduled for celebration must be Catholic liturgies and in accord with Catholic Canon Law.

Wedding Fee

The fee for a wedding in the McDonough Chapel is $500 and includes the use of McDonough Chapel for the wedding and rehearsal.

This fee does not include other fees and stipends, such as those for clergy and musicians, and others.


Desired dates can be requested up to one year in advance of the proposed wedding.

McDonough Chapel will not be available for weddings on the following dates:

Wedding Preparation

Couples must provide their own priest or deacon to officiate at the wedding. It is the responsibility of this person to obtain the appropriate paperwork and documents to prepare the couple for marriage according to all Archdiocese of Chicago policies.

Couples must obtain the written permission of their parish pastor for permission to marry in the McDonough Chapel.

Couples need to make arrangements for any musical accompaniment to perform at the wedding ceremony.

McDonough Chapel is completely accessible, including the sanctuary area. It seats 200 people.

Saint Xavier University requests that the sacred and liturgical environment of McDonough Chapel be maintained at all times. This includes the seasonal liturgical environments, such as the configuration of chairs, banners and other liturgical appointments. Also, all parts of any celebration in the Chapel, including readings and music, should be sacred and prayerful in nature.

The Office of University Mission and Ministry reserves the right to make all final decisions pertaining to the wedding ceremony and use of the McDonough Chapel.

Timeline for Getting Married at McDonough Chapel

For More Information

Mary Rita Insley, University Ministry Office Manager
Phone: 773-298-3900