Noble Victory Memorial Chapel

NOBLE VICTORY MEMORIAL CHAPEL: INSPIRATION MADE VISIBLE

A Spiritual Home and Ceremonial Setting

Noble Victory Memorial Chapel is modeled after Rheims Cathedral and seats 350. The chapel is the site of weekly Anglican services as well as the setting for school ceremonies. Its many stained glass windows, including a rose window above the altar, create an atmosphere perfect for quiet contemplation or joyful celebration. Adjacent to the chapel is The Columbarium, which contains cremation and memorial niches, a Memorial Wall, scattering grounds area, and a Wall of Honor recognizing alumni who lost their lives while serving their country.

Built by and dedicated to those who served

The chapel cornerstone was laid in 1920, with construction guided by World War I veterans seeking to honor the many alumni who lost their lives in the war. Flags along the sides of the chapel represent United States allies in World War I, and a central flag memorializes the cadets who served in World War II. In 1998, the chapel was renamed Noble Victory Memorial Chapel of St. John the Divine in recognition of the Noble Foundation’s donation for chapel restorations.

Chapel Services

In the transcendent beauty of our Chapel, students, faculty and staff, as well as parents and members of the community gather to pray and worship.  St. John’s Northwestern students are afforded the opportunity to participate in the acolyte program they assist in services led by our Chaplain, a Priest in the Anglican Church in North America. Chapel services include Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and weekly Holy Eucharist.  All services are from the Book of Common Prayer, 2019.  Chapel services are public, and visitors are most welcome.

Student Acolyte Program

Students at St. John’s Northwestern are afforded the opportunity to serve in the acolyte program. Here they learn the basic structure and symbolism of classical orthodox Anglican liturgical worship.  Under the guidance of our Chaplain, acolytes receive training in various supporting service roles. Acolytes confirmed or received into the Anglican Church in North America may, with episcopal approval, receive additional training as altar servers or chalice bearers and may be asked to serve in these roles during optional Holy Eucharist services.

Each year a student is chosen by the group of acolytes to serve in the role of Head Acolyte.  The Head Acolyte assists the Chaplain by helping other acolytes prepare for services and offering mealtime prayers for the whole campus community. Emphasis is placed on the servant-leader nature of this particular position and integrity in all aspects of community life is expected. As it is a great honor to serve as Head Acolyte, the position can only be held for more than one year upon selection by popular vote from among all acolytes, with the approval of the Chaplain and Academy leadership.

“The acolyte program at SJNA is a great way to be involved within our spiritual and character development pillar. It is a very inclusive program open to students of all religions and faiths. This program has done a lot for me, and I strongly believe that it can do a great deal for other students too.” – Kara D., 2022 Head Acolyte