The Collegiate Chapel
St. Joseph of Arimathea Chapel is the heart of student life
and worship during the Residential Summer Sessions. The two-week
Summer sessions allow postulants to experience collegiate life
residential community and daily worship in the
chapel. The College's campus is composed of the
offices, classrooms, library, housing, and common dining.
The Chapel also serves a local parish, comprised of
university students and Berkeley area residents
http://sjachapel.org) with weekly Sunday celebration of the Holy
Eucharist. All are welcome.
Saint Joseph’s College believes
that the Liturgy is where time and eternity meet. The weekly
the Daily Offices (Morning and Evening Prayer),
highlighted by daily celebration of the Holy Eucharist, is the
heart of priestly formation.
In the chapel, vocations are tested, the religious
experience is deepened, and the discipline of prayer is
observed. The College maintains that theology cannot be
understood through lectures and literature
Understanding is reached through immersion in the Liturgy and
worship, as well as formal study, deepening and enriching
understanding of the Christian tradition.
The Liturgy of the Church does not exist as an end in itself,
but through the observance of classical
postulants are deeply nourished by the Word of God spoken in the
of the Daily Office and the Holy
Eucharist. We believe that the Liturgy of the Church is our
in the Heavenly Liturgy offered by Christ.
The Chapel is a barrel-vaulted collegial church (that is, a
church with a quire and sanctuary and without
the nave common
in a parish church), fifty feet long, less than twenty feet wide
in its main body, and thirty feet high. Its verticality gives to
the chapel the feeling of a church of the Early Christian epoch;
the sensation is further heightened by soft lighting provided by
a row of high clerestory windows on each side of the main body
and skylights over the north-eastern transept and the
south-western aisle. The bema, or tribune, and its altar
dominate the chapel.
The Chapel Organ - a twelve-stop, two manual and pedal,
mechanical-action instrument - was built by Herr Jurgen Ahrend
of Loga-Leer, Germany. Herr Ahrend has become one of the most
renowned organ builders in the world by virtue of his work both
in Europe and America. The organ is tuned to the just
temperament dictated by the late seventeenth-century German
master, Andreas Werckmeister. To the untrained ear the
between this and the equal temperament, which
today is hardly noticeable, but by virtue of the traditional
tuning, the instrument is especially suitable for hearing the
range of great liturgical music of the mediaeval and early
modern periods as it was heard then.
arCA, the American Institute of Architects California Council's quarterly journal, spotlighted the St. Joseph of Arimathea chapel. Read the article. (arCA issue 03.4 2003)