The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago supports four campus ministries that engage students on eight different campuses across the diocese. These ministries are growing the Church and changing the world by forming faithful young adults who are discerning God’s call in their lives.
Northern Illinois University
Grace Place at NIU Is an energetic Christian ministry in the heart of NIU. This ministry is centered on welcoming and upbeat weekly worship with Holy Communion, community and global outreach, service and mission along with healthy doses of fellowship, food, and fun! Grace Place strives to be:
- a safe haven for those struggling with faith and/or life issues
- a community that nurtures and strengthens faith growth and exploration
- a “home away from home” where all are welcome and where grace is offered joyfully
- faithful to a rich theological tradition and driven by the challenges of the contemporary university.
Grace Place at NIU is a collaborative ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Episcopal Church. The Rev. Mack Patrick is the Chaplain at Grace Place. Feel free to contact him with questions. And check out the Grace Place Facebook page.
Canterbury Northwestern is a community of students, faculty, and other friends of Northwestern University that seeks to reflect the love of God for all and to live our lives marked by the good news of Jesus Christ. As the Episcopal campus ministry at Northwestern, we strive to pray without ceasing, to think through our faith, to live justly, to love mercy, and to create rich and meaningful friendships along the way. If you are looking for a place where you can connect and pray with other students, ask hard questions, think deep thoughts, dream big dreams, strive for social justice, and laugh until you snort, Canterbury House is here for you.
South Loop Campus Ministry
The South Loop Campus Ministry is a progressive, radically inclusive, justice-seeking, community of faith. Our mission field is in the heart of downtown Chicago known as the South Loop, which is home to several different universities, including Columbia College, Roosevelt University, DePaul University, and Robert Morris University. Since these campuses and student housing are in such close proximity, the SLCM is able to welcome and serve students from all of these schools out of it’s home base at Grace Episcopal Church. The SLCM is a collaborative ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Episcopal Church and gathers at Second Presbyterian Church each Sunday evening at 6:45 PM for the South Loop Community Table which is a meal for students, folks experiencing homelessness, and other volunteers. Join us any Sunday September through May!
University of Chicago
Brent House is the home of Episcopal Campus Ministry at the University of Chicago – a large, comfortable, and historic house located just blocks from the main quads. Brent House is the metaphorical and literal home of students, both undergraduate and graduate, who are seeking to grow in their lives with God. Housing a cozy basement chapel, a spacious kitchen, ample room to lounge around, and a small residential graduate student community, the ministry welcomes a great variety of people, from those who have found a spiritual home at Brent House to those who simply come seeking the excellent hospitality and food that the ministry offers. The ministry offers interfaith and ecumenical events, vocational discernment (lay and ordained), leadership development, and a safe haven in an intense environment, all in a context that celebrates our Anglican heritage. In all aspects Brent House is an affirming and nurturing community. The Rev. Stacy Alan is the Chaplain at Brent House. Feel free to contact her with questions. Be sure to check out Brent House on Facebook. (University of Chicago and/or Brent House alumni should also visit the Brent House Alumni Facebook Page.)
Find a Campus Ministry
If you are headed to college somewhere outside the diocese, be sure to check out this resource provided by the Episcopal Church to assist in finding a campus ministry at the various colleges and universities across the country.