Message to Parents from Dean Brian Konkol

Greetings from Hendricks Chapel!

On behalf of the student leaders, chaplains, staff, and advisors of Hendricks Chapel, welcome to Syracuse University. We are incredibly excited for the journey ahead! 

We recognize that this is a very exciting and important time as families and friends prepare for this monumental transition. As the diverse religious, spiritual, moral, and ethical heart of Syracuse University, we feel a special responsibility to ensure that your student will feel at home on our campus. We offer a variety of programs and services in our role as a 'home for all faiths' and 'a place for all people.'

We are eager to greet you and to serve as a resource for your student and your family. During Welcome Week, on August 21, 22 and 23, visit our outdoor café tent, “People’s Place at the Peaceful Place,” near the front steps of the Chapel on the Quad. Take a break, relax, and enjoy our refreshments. Nearby, meet our Chaplains and staff at the Orange Welcome and Information Center on the Quad. On Tuesday evening, August 20, we'll welcome all new students to our Ice Cream Social on the Chapel steps. During Welcome Week, the Chapel will also host an Open House, tours, and will offer several worship and prayer services, meditations, and meet and greet events.

On Sunday, September 8, at 4 p.m. and each Sunday afternoon throughout the academic year, I help to lead a Sunday gathering called “Music and Message” for students and community members of all faiths.

During Family Weekend, and anytime that you may be visiting campus during the year, I invite you to stop by my office in the Dean’s Suite, visit the Chaplains Suite to meet our Chaplains, or simply enjoy a beverage and bite to eat at People’s Place Café, Syracuse University’s only student-run café.

This past year we received over 136,000 visits to Hendricks Chapel. From community engagement ventures, to musical performances and public lectures, to religious and spiritual communities, the chapel is a visible and vibrant spiritual and cultural setting. 

Our Office of Engagement Programs, which fosters a commitment to service in order to promote a more caring, just and democratic society, is a great place for new students to stop by and learn how they can get involved with our local community.

I invite you and your student to learn more about our services by visiting the Hendricks Chapel website.

Thank you for entrusting us with the responsibility of journeying alongside your student. Each day I am reminded of the particular role and responsibility that we at Hendricks Chapel play in order to prepare our students to be engaged citizens, scholars, and leaders for participation in a changing global society. We are gifted with history and bursting with possibility, and each day we strive to be a place where belief finds belonging, learning sparks wellbeing, and service receives purpose. We invite you and your student to join our family and be at home at Hendricks!  

With gratitude,

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The Rev. Brian E. Konkol, Ph.D.
Dean of Hendricks Chapel