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Front Royal Virginia: Christendom College Christ the King Chapel

About Christendom College:

We will let their mission statement tell their story:  The College provides a Catholic liberal arts education, including an integrated core curriculum grounded in natural and revealed truth, the purpose of which at both the undergraduate and graduate levels is to form the whole person for a life spent in the pursuit of truth and wisdom.

About Christ the King Chapel at Christendom College:

Often when we think of college chapels we picture a small building or perhaps an area set aside in one of the larger buildings on campus. Here at Christendom College they have built an impressive chapel that is a magnificent place of worship, and chapel hardly seems an accurate description (the Oxford definition of the term chapel reads “a small building for Christian worship, typically one attached to an institution or private house“).

The current chapel, built at the cost of $30 million, replaced the college’s former church building, also named Christ the King Chapel, that was used from 1995 until 2023.  After a two-year fundraising campaign that began in 2016, groundbreaking took place in 2018 and the dedication was held on April 15, 2023. Those in attendance for the dedication and Mass included Michael F. Burbidge, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington, and Cardinal Francis Arinze.

The Chapel is built in the Gothic Revival style designed by O’Brien & Keane, with a seating capacity of 544 people.  Anyone traveling on nearby I-66 will easily and easily spot the 114-foot tall tower.  A cornerstone blessed by Pope Benedict XVI is in the building’s foundation. There are over 100 stained-glass windows in the chapel and it includes a Lady Chapel, a pipe organ featuring 2,825 pipes, four shrines, and ten statues. A golden oculus in the crossing tower is surrounded by painted figures.  You will have no doubt that you have entered a Catholic place of worship once you walk in the doors, and of course, that is the point.


Finding Christ the King Chapel at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia:

Address:  134 Christendom Dr, Front Royal, VA 22630

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