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The historic Main Chapel at the center of the Yard – and its landmark dome – are symbolic of the vital role that moral and spiritual guidance plays in the development of Midshipmen into naval officers. 

The Commodore Levy Center and Jewish Chapel combines the aesthetics of Ancient Israel, the nobility of sea service, and the sacred experience of faith in the fabric of its architecture.  Together with 7 other smaller chapels and prayer spaces, the Naval Academy Chaplain Center provides and facilitates for the religious needs of the 4500-strong Brigade of Midshipmen and its faculty and staff.

The daily work of delivering religious ministry at the Academy is accomplished by a dedicated team of experienced active-duty Navy chaplains, Religious Program Specialists, civilian employees, and volunteers led by Senior Chaplain CAPT Maurice Buford. 


The Naval Academy Chapel and Crypt of John Paul Jones is open for visitors most weekdays, except when the Chapel is being used for weddings, funerals and memorial services, and other special events. Hours for visitation are from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. 

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