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Linehan Chapel

Linehan Chapel
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For booking, please call the Nazareth College Center for Spirituality at 585-389-2303 or email us at

A Sacred Space

The Paul and Judy Linehan Chapel is located on the first floor of the Golisano Academic Center. The chapel serves the Nazareth community as a place of prayer and worship. It is also used for concerts, performances, lectures, and any activities that celebrate the noblest aspirations of the human spirit.

Built in 1927, the neo-Gothic Golisano Center was the mother house for the Sisters of St. Joseph from 1927 until 2001. The property was purchased by Nazareth College in 2001, and the chapel renamed in honor of alumna and trustee Judy Wilmot Linehan '76 and her husband, Paul.


Is the chapel available to the public for weddings/unions?

Yes! Members of the Rochester community as well as Nazareth affiliates may rent the chapel for weddings and union ceremonies. Nazareth affiliates include current students, trustees, alumni, faculty and staff members, and the children and grandchildren of these individuals.

When is the chapel available to rent?

Chapel availability is based on Nazareth's academic calendar; it is available whenever school is not in session. Generally, available dates include:

  • The weekend after Mother's Day through mid-August
  • Labor Day weekend
  • October break (usually the first weekend in October)
  • Thanksgiving week
  • Semester break (usually from the week before Christmas until mid-January)

All Friday ceremonies are scheduled at 4:30 PM; Saturday ceremonies are scheduled either at Noon or 4:00 PM and Sunday ceremonies are scheduled on a case by case basis.

What are the costs involved in renting the chapel?

Rental fees are $800 for non-affiliates of Nazareth and $400 for affiliates. This fee does not include musicians, officiants or ministers, wedding planners, etc., which are the responsibility of the renters to reserve and compensate.

Your rental fee includes: use of the Chapel for 1 hour for a rehearsal; use of the Chapel for 3 hours for the ceremony; use of a Bride's Room and the services of a Chapel Coordinator. The Chapel Coordinator will arrange to meet with you once for one hour to discuss the ceremony and answer any questions you may have about the Chapel. She or he will be present to assist at the rehearsal and wedding.

What is the chapel's seating capacity?

The chapel holds 420 guests, including the wedding party.

Is there adequate parking available?

Yes. Parking for ceremonies is available in two large lots located in front of and on the north side of the building. Handicapped-accessible parking is also available at the north end of the building, with elevators inside to bring guests to the chapel from the ground floor.

Are there any restrictions I should know about?

Smoking is not permitted in the facilities, and food and beverages are not allowed within the chapel.

Does Nazareth have clergy available to perform our wedding ceremony?

No. The bride and groom are responsible for obtaining clergy to perform for the ceremony.

How do I book a reservation or find answers to other questions?

Call the Nazareth College Center for Spirituality at 585-389-2303 or email us at

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