St. Joseph Chapel

St. Joseph Chapel


Under the leadership of Mother Alfons Schmid, cofoundress of the School Sisters of St. Francis, the community’s mission took tangible form with the completion of magnificent St. Joseph Chapel in 1917. This Milwaukee landmark is dedicated to the permanent service of God, and has nourished the lives of thousands of religious women who have prayed here daily for over 100 years.

Chapel Tours

Guided tours of St. Joseph Chapel are available to individuals and groups on request. Free will offerings are gratefully accepted. To schedule a tour or for more information, please contact Dan Tretow, Facility Director, at 414-944-6021 or

St. Joseph Chapel Mass Times

Sunday 9:00 a.m.

Monday 4:00 p.m.
(Communion Service)

Tuesday 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday 4:00 p.m.

Thursday 4:00 p.m.

Holy Days: Please consult our website calendar for Holy Day Mass times












Please park in the Sacred Heart lot, entering at S. 28th St. and W. Lapham St. and parking on the north side of the lot, by St. Joseph Chapel. Walk through the pedestrian gate to Layton Blvd. and proceed north to the first entrance door labeled 1501 S. Layton Blvd., St. Joseph Chapel.

Parking is also available behind the chapel. Enter at S. 29th St. and W. Orchard St., and park in the parking lot to your right or along the garden. Proceed to the chapel court entrance between the chapel and Chapel Garden Apartments. The door is marked “1501.”


St. Francis depicted in stained glass windowArt & Architecture

Mother Alfons was a woman who understood the relationship between aesthetics and God, and for whom music and art were an integral expression of spiritual life. St. Joseph Chapel—a symbol of the faith and hope that brought it into existence—continues as an instrument of Gospel teaching as its doors are always open to the wider community.

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Chapel History

Chapel History

The community’s mission took tangible form with the completion of magnificent St. Joseph Chapel in 1917.

Brother Sun and Sister Moon


Meditations inspired by the stained glass of St. Joseph Chapel.