Dearest incoming students,
107 years ago, the Episcopal Church commissioned a chaplaincy at the University of Illinois. And since, this chaplaincy and parish have now served the students, faculty, and staff of UIUC, along with the wider Champaign-Urbana community.
To honor our mission as a college chaplaincy, students (and others) gather weekly on Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. for worship, a free home cooked meal, lively conversation and friendship.
Like many other campus ministries and chaplaincies around the Episcopal Church, our Wednesday gathering is called “Canterbury.” The Episcopal Church is the American branch of the Worldwide Anglican Communion which traces its roots to Christianity in Canterbury, England. The name “Canterbury” refers to this ancient faith connection. Because we are part of a living worldwide faith tradition, it also reminds us that we serve not only those from the United States, but people from every part of the world.
The Chapel of Saint John the Divine is also a parish of the Episcopal Church, and we invite you to come and be part of the life of this vibrant parish. We gather as a wider parish community on Sundays at 8 am and 10 am. The 8 am service is quiet and contemplative. The 10 am service is a festive choral celebration of the Eucharist with incense and people of every age group.
Know that this parish and chaplaincy is pleased to warmly invite and welcome you to your new home in Champaign-Urbana and we would be honored by your presence! Come and join us! It won’t be the same without you!
The Reverend Sean Ferrell, Rector