CANCELLED: Founders Chapel Tours

Take a tour of the "hidden jewel of USD."

Founders Chapel, begun in 1951 and completed in 1953, was designed by Mother Rosalie Hill and contains much history and treasured art. Bishop Charles F. Buddy dedicated the chapel on February 2, 1954. If you are interested in learning more about Founders Chapel, we encourage you to participate in a tour of this special place either in person or virtually.

In-Person Tour

CANCELLED: Both tours for the spring semester have been cancelled as a preventive measure to reduce risk related to the COVID-19 virus. Visit the university's COVID-19 website for the most current information for the USD communtiy.

2020 Schedule

There will be three tours offered by Sr. Virginia Rodee, RSCJ. These will be the final tours until fall 2021 due to the renovation of Founders Hall and Camino Hall. The dates are as follows: Wednesday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m. , Thursday, April 23 at 11:00 a.m. and Friday, May 8  at 1:00 p.m.The tour will be led by Sr. Virginia Rodee, RSCJ. Please RSVP to the Office for Mission at

To see if there are any in-person tours scheduled at this time, please visit the events page.

Virtual Tours

Founders Chapel altar Founders Chapel Video Tour Watch a video tour of Founders Chapel with Sr. Virginia Rodee, RSCJ, '57 (BA), '74 (MA) on the USD Magazine website.
Founders Chapel Virtual Tour Founders Chapel 360° Tour See Founders Chapel in 360°, part of USD's new campus virtual tour.