Designed in Georgian colonial style, Rooke Chapel is the setting for campus worship, weddings, and celebrations. An attached one-story wing also houses the Office of Religious Life, the University Chaplain's office, the meditation chapel and a kitchen.
Dedicated on October 25, 1964, the chapel is the gift of the late Robert L. Rooke, an alumnus of the class of 1913 and a member of the University's Board of Trustees. The chapel is named in memory of Mr. Rooke's parents.
The main portion of the chapel includes the narthex, sanctuary, chancel area, organ chamber, choir rooms, and balconies that surround the sanctuary on three sides. Approximately 700 persons can be seated in the sanctuary and balconies.
The chapel's three manual Reuter organ, one of the largest in central Pennsylvania, fulfills the functions of both a church organ and a concert instrument. This organ is capable of authentically reproducing the music of any period. Louis S. Armento's brushed steel chancel screens, between the chancel and the organ chamber depict Moses, Jesus, and other Jewish and Christian symbols.
Other Religious Life Facilities
Fellowship House (628 St. George Street)
Newman House (610 St. George Street)
Berelson Center for Jewish Life (632 St. George Street)
Muslim Prayer Room (Gateway Roser 040)
Reservations and Weddings
Call Events Management Office at 570.577.3666 (www.bucknell.edu/Events)
Rooke Chapel Accessibility
Parking for people with disabilities is available in the Stadium Drive lot. An accessible ramp is located on the right side of the Chapel. The ramp for drop-off may be accessed by turning onto the driveway opposite the Weis Center on Dent Drive. There is an accessible sign at the entrance to the driveway. Drive to the ramp adjoining the chapel portico and exit back out onto Dent Drive to one of the parking areas. An accessible gender neutral bathroom is located in the Chapel to the left upon entry. In addition, both the Meditation Chapel and the center rear entrance of the chapel are accessible. Please advise the Chaplains & Religious Life office if you have a person with a disability and require information on accommodations. (Phone: 570.577.1592)