Life at USNA

Spiritual Opportunities

The copper-green dome of the Chapel is an iconic symbol of the Naval Academy and representation of the moral courage that is an important dimension of military life and leadership.

The Academy’s Religious Ministries program strives to foster spiritual fitness and promote the moral development of the midshipmen within the tenets of an individual’s personal faith or belief. The Chaplain Center serves the religious and spiritual needs of the brigade by ministering to the midshipmen through pastoral care, spiritual and religious mentoring, ritual and sacramental obligations and by providing pastoral care for all, regardless of their faith background.

The Academy embraces freedom of religion in all that we do. This means allowing our midshipmen to worship or not as they desire while placing no requirements on midshipmen to embrace specific beliefs or participate in specific religious services or events. We provide support for a wide variety of religious beliefs so those midshipmen who desire to worship are free and able to do so for their own personal moral development. Some Midshipman choose to attend local churches in or around Annapolis that meet their worship needs.