McDonough Chapel of the Mother of Mercy
Sunday liturgies resumed on August 29, 2021 and will continue while classes are in session. There will be no mass on Sunday, September 5, 2021 due to the Labor Day holiday weekend.
In an effort to offer an inclusive worship experience for our entire community, bilingual music (Spanish/English) and other bilingual elements will be incorporated into weekly Sunday Masses.
Due to the precarious nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, one weekday mass will be held on Tuesdays at noon, beginning on August 31, with the hope of adding more masses throughout the course of the fall semester. This mass will be thirty minutes in length in order for community members to have adequate time for lunch and to return to their campus and class responsibilities.
In keeping with University policy, masks are required to be worn during all campus liturgies.
Queen of Martyrs
Weekday Masses are also offered at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Queen of Martyrs Parish. The parish is located at 10233 S. Central Park, on the corner of Central Park and 103rd Street.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Individual confessions are heard every Saturday at Queen of Martyrs Parish from 3 to 3:45 p.m.
About the Chapel
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 210. 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.
The reconciliation room is an intimate prayer space available to all individuals and small groups for private prayer and quiet reflection.
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 campus, as well as the five founders and early presidents of the institution.
Architect: Newman Architecture
Liturgical Design Consultant: Mark Joseph Costello, Capuchin
Sculptor: Russell Baron
Stained Glass: Kenneth von Roenn, Jr.