Noble Victory Memorial Chapel

The 138-foot-long chapel seats around 350 people and is the location of many ceremonies at St. John’s Northwestern Academies. The chapel, a part of the Episcopal Church, plays a vital role to cadets on their path of spiritual and character development. With its intimate atmosphere and beautiful setting, the chapel is used throughout the year by outside venues as well, especially weddings.

The chapel features many stained glass windows, including the much-admired rose window above the altar. Adjacent to the chapel is The Columbarium, which contains cremation and memorial niches, a Memorial Wall, scattering grounds area, and a Wall of Honor to pay eternal tribute to alumni who lost their lives while serving their country.

Victory Memorial Chapel from the outside looking at the rose window.

Chapel Origins

At the end of World War I, St. John’s Northwestern Academies had lost many alumni in the service of their country. To honor them, the cornerstone for Victory Memorial Chapel was laid in 1920 with work completed in 1926. Flags hang along the sides of the chapel representing the countries that were the United States allies in World War I. A central flag is a memorial to cadets who served in World War II with blue stars representing the cadets who served and gold stars representing cadets who lost their lives.

In 1998, the chapel was renamed Noble Victory Memorial Chapel of St. John the Divine in recognition of a major donation by the Noble Foundation for chapel restorations.
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