General Information

Knowles Memorial Chapel 


The chapel and its services represent the unique heritage of Rollins College and its adventurous founding.  From morning until late at night, the chapel provides a place of meeting, a place of quiet, a visible reminder of the relationship between the religious life and the academic search for truth. 

Through worship, study groups, fellowship, Bible studies and retreats, religious life and values are enhanced and students are encouraged to grow in their religious understanding and faithfulness.  Religious groups often work together in joint service projects such as Habitat for Humanity, local community projects and Special Olympics.


Music plays a major role in the life of Knowles Chapel. The Rollins College Choir sings at the Christmas Vespers, and services for Parents’ Weekend, Founders’ Day, Alumni Reunion Weekend, Easter and Baccalaureate.   Concerts and recitals are presented in the chapel all through the school year. The 155 voices of the Bach Festival Choir perform to standing room only at the annual, renowned Bach Festival held in the chapel every winter.


The bell in the chapel tower is the same bell that called students to class on the first day of classes in 1885.  It rings at noon every day and for all chapel services. 

The Sunday offering is given to benevolence projects with special emphasis on organizations that feed and shelter the homeless.