Families from all faiths and backgrounds come to Kirkpatrick Chapel to hold memorial services for loved ones. The chapel’s serene setting offers a place of peace in which family and friends can gather to pray, reflect, and share memories.
The chapel can be booked Friday evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays in one-and-a-half-hour time slots during the hours listed below.
5–6:30 p.m. (5:30pm ceremony start time)
5:30–7 p.m. (6 p.m. ceremony start time)
Saturdays and Sundays
10–11:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. ceremony start time)
Noon–1:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. ceremony start time)
2–3:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. ceremony start time)
4–5:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. ceremony start time)
6–7:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. ceremony start time)
The cost for renting the chapel for this type of event is $400. A nonrefundable deposit of $200 is required upon booking.
1. Call the chapel’s office at 848-932-7808 during business hours, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to confirm that the time and date you would like are available.
2. Confirm that the officiant you would like to have conduct your service is available. Kirkpatrick Chapel does not have an officiant on staff to conduct services.
3. Make an appointment to meet with Kirkpatrick Chapel’s operations manager, Patrick Cogan. At that time, you will sign the rental contract and leave the $150 deposit.
Using the Organ
The chapel’s organ has a rich, majestic sound, and can be used for services. However, the university organist, Antonius Bittmann, is the only person allowed to use this delicate instrument and must be hired to perform at the memorial. Contact the chapel office for more information on hiring the organist for your event.
Using the Piano
The venue’s piano can be used by anyone in conjunction with your event. If you decide to hire your own pianist, there is a $150 piano usage fee and a $150 tuning fee (optional). If you hire a pianist from the Rutgers Concert Bureau, there is no charge for using the piano, but artists’ fees will still apply.
The chapel’s two large solid brass candleholders can be a great addition to our already beautiful surroundings. Rented for $35 each, the candleholders are approximately five-feet tall and hold seven white candles. We provide the candles and will light them for your ceremony.
Kirkpatrick Chapel is handicapped accessible. Seating capacity is 440 with a total occupancy rating of 650.