Chapel of the Good Shepherd


Chapel Exterior

An Episcopal Chapel
Chautauqua Institution
Clark at Park Avenue
P.O. Box 81
Chautauqua, NY 14722

It's time to send in applications for 2018!


Chaplaincy during the season

Each week of the season, an Episcopal/Anglican priest or bishop serves as Chaplain for the Episcopal community. The Chaplain and his/her spouse or partner are welcomed as guests of the Episcopal community, with lodging and gate passes for two, and one handy parking place located behind the chapel.

The primary gift for this ministry is friendliness, combined with strong preaching skills. The Chaplain presides at the Holy Eucharist each morning (7:45 and 9:00 on Sunday, 7:45 Monday through Friday). Our most "successful" chaplains are those who enjoy crafting a lectionary-based (or "saint of the day") homily that combines humor with scholarship...and brevity, since the Roman Catholic community uses the chapel at 8:45.

The Episcopal congregation varies in size from about 50 at the main Sunday service to 15-25 during the week. The sacristan will orient the clergy to our sanctuary, books, and customary. Please bring your own alb. The chapel's Vicar will be in touch regarding lessons and hymns, closer to the season.

Other duties besides the daily Eucharist include providing a half-hour Bible Study on Wednesday morning, and attending a couple of social occasions such as the Tuesday afternoon "Denominational Houses' Tea." Fellow guests at the Episcopal Cottage may ask for pastoral care and/or theological discussion, especially stemming from the lectures.

In return, the chaplain and his or her spouse/partner receive a room and daily breakfast at the Episcopal Cottage, and gate tickets and a parking pass for the week. Programs at Chautauqua are running the moment you arrive, so be sure to check the Institution's website ahead of time; and take a look at the many "special studies" seminars, too -- these require pre-registration and tuition in advance.

Interested clergy should download the Chaplaincy's informational brochure; and the application for chaplaincy. The application can be sent by email to the Vicar. Please note that new applicants receive priority. Clergy who have served previously are welcome to apply, with the caveat that the Chapel's Board has decided that three years between chaplaincies is appropriate.

Please also note that the Episcopal Cottage is not equipped for children, pets, or persons who cannot manage stairs. There are steps all over the place at Chautauqua, and a great deal of walking. It is possible to reserve an electric scooter (for a fee) by calling the ticket office at 716.357.6263. Bicycles can also be rented when you arrive, or you can bring your own.

Send inquiries and/or the downloadable application to:

The Rev. Virginia Carr at

c/o St. Peter's Episcopal Church

12 Elm Street

Westfield, NY 14787

Phone: 716-326-2064