Category Archives: Presidio Chapel

Paint and Refreshing at Chapel

The Presidio Trust Building Maintenance Department had a crew painting the exterior of the Presidio Chapel beginning on October 23rd, 2017.

Some photos before the work:

A pressure washer on the parking side readies to clean the walls:

pressure washer on parking side


Restriping the parking lot 

Post Chapel Improvements

The Presidio Trust, which is charged with the management of the buildings and grounds of the Presidio, is making some improvements to the chapel. They will be installing an interpretive wayside about the chapel outside the Mural Room and are making the memorial garden ADA compliant. Work began about 2 weeks ago on this project and is progressing.

The Wayside plaque

The Wayside telling about the chapel

The wayside installation includes some history of the chapel, along with pictures of the interior, the Ogterop stained glass windows, the Armautoff mural and a Jewish Shavout ceremony

Access to memorial garden

Adding accessible access to memorial garden

interpretive wayside

Preparing for the interpretive wayside installation

Interfaith Memorial Day Service 2017

On Monday, May 29, following the ceremonies at the Presidio cemetery, the Interfaith Center at the Presidio held an interfaith service of prayers and meditation for Memorial Day in the Post Chapel. The chapel has long represented a tradition of multifaith worship in the US military and continues that tradition as the home of the ICP.

Thanks to participants Camilla Smith (ICP Board),  Alex Lazar (Senior Congressional Aide – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi), Brian Vouglas  (Actor, Musician, San Francisco Resident), Sensei Elaine Donlin (Buddhist Church of San Francisco), Rita Semel (ICP Board), and Rev. Gerald Caprio (ICP Board), and Erich Sylvester ( Musician and Presidio Resident). Special thanks to Gerry Caprio for planning the program.

Memorial Day 2017

Welcome Pacifica Institute!

Hosh Geldiniz (welcome in Turkish) to Pacifica Institute’s S.F. branch. An old-fashioned ribbon-cutting, lots of great Mediterranean food including the best baklava in the Bay Area (or so it was claimed), and a demonstration of the Turkish art of Ebru (paint marbling) drew more than 75 people to ICP on Saturday, May 30.

During the celebration, greetings were offered from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and the Mayor of San Francisco. Pacifica will have their office at the Presidio Chapel, along with ICP and the San Francisco Interfaith Council. ICP looks forward to working closely with Pacifica; plans are in the works for at least one Ramadan iftar dinner. Pacifica is a branch of the worldwide Hizmet, a religious and social movement inspired by the teachings of Fethullah Gülen deeply committed to interfaith dialogue. Other Bay Area branches are located in San Mateo, Albany, and Sunnyvale. The Sunnyvale Branch was a founding member of SiVIC, the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council.



Alex Lazar brings greetings from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi


Ashley Cheng, Deputy Director, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services


A demonstration of Ebru, the Turkish art of paint marbling


Ibrahim Barlas, Board Chair, Pacifica Institute


Some of the attendees enjoy the outdoor reception

Memorial Day Service participants

Memorial Day 2015

The Interfaith Memorial Day Service at the Presidio Chapel featured readings, prayers and hymns from several traditions, including Brahma Kumari, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Wiccan. Mr. Thomas Galvin, a Vietnam War veteran and President of the San Francisco Chapter of the Association of the US Army spoke about his wartime near-death experience. Piper Lynne Miller played the bagpipes and Robert Gurney was at the organ.

Participants included Linda Crawford, Executive Director of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio; Alex Lazar, aide to House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi focused on Veterans’ causes; Rita Semel, is the co-­founder of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio and the S. F. Interfaith Council and ICP Board member; Janardhan Chodagam, Producer of the annual Peace in the Park event held in Golden Gate Park; Don Frew, an Elder in the Covenant of the Goddess and ICP Board member; Thomas Galvin, President, San Francisco Chapter, Assoc. of the US Army; Iftekhar Hai, founder and president of United Muslims of America Interfaith Alliance; Gerry Caprio, Catholic priest, member of the White Robed Monks, and ICP Board member. Lynne Miller plays for many veterans’ events around the Bay Area and owns House of Bagpipes in S.F. and Robert Gurney is the Music Director of Trinity/St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the S. F. Lyric Chorus.

Memorial Day 2015 Program

Memorial Day Service participants

Service leaders at the Army Chaplains Memorial in front of the Presidio Chapel


Piper Lynne Miller

Memorial Day 2015

Alex Lazar

Alex Lazar delivers greetings from Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi