Situated at the heart of campus, the Rosary Chapel is the center of spiritual life and a beautiful reminder of the Dominican Catholic tradition on which Santa Catalina is founded. Dedicated in 1954, the chapel was the generous gift of board member Marcia Farrell Hart in memory of her father, James Farrell. Mrs. Hart commissioned San Francisco architect Germano Milano and gifted artisans to create the chapel and its furnishings. The chapel features wood carving by Alec Miller, stained glass windows by Carl Huneke, chandeliers by Forge in the Forest, Honduran mahogany altar and pews, redwood ceilings, and Carmel stone exteriors.
As a Catholic chapel within the Diocese of Monterey, and under the auspices of San Carlos Cathedral, Santa Catalina School has been granted permission to host Roman Catholic weddings for alumnae. The privilege of using the Rosary Chapel does not extend to relatives or other members of one’s immediate family. Only weddings within the Roman Catholic rite, wherein one party (either the bride of the groom) is baptized Catholic, are permitted.
Santa Catalina’s Rosary Chapel is not a parish. The couple is responsible for obtaining a priest or deacon for the ceremony and for the required marriage preparation. The Diocese of Monterey requires that the pastor of the parish where the bride or groom worships and is registered write a letter to the pastor of San Carlos Cathedral granting permission for that individual to marry away from the parish. A copy of the letter should be sent to Santa Catalina School.
To make a reservation, please call Santa Catalina School’s Main Office at 831.655.9312. The Rosary Chapel is available for weddings on Saturdays only. Floral deliveries and music setup are the responsibility of the wedding party. Consultation with Santa Catalina School’s sacristan, in terms of what is permissible in the Rosary Chapel, is required well in advance of the wedding.
The reservation fee to schedule the Rosary Chapel for your marriage ceremony is $1,000. This fee is due in full within 10 days of putting a date on hold. It does not include a processing fee of $300 to San Carlos Cathedral, nor a customary stipend of $200 for the presider on the day of the wedding. Fees for marriage preparation courses, third party vendors (florists, photographers, etc.), and music for the ceremony, along with event insurance, is the responsibility of the couple. Santa Catalina School will refund the reservation fee if a request is made no less than three months prior to the original scheduled reservation.