OUR MISSION

The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundations mission is to tell the story of the “Four Chaplains” to promote Interfaith Cooperation and Selfless Service in individuals and organizations. The mission of the Corporation is to encourage selfless service in the tradition of The Four Chaplains and to teach and promote interfaith understanding and cooperation among all peoples. Accordingly, the motto of the Corporation is “Unity without Uniformity”.

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GEORGE L. FOX

ALEXANDER D. GOODE

CLARK V. POLING

JOHN P. WASHINGTON

WHO ARE THE FOUR CHAPLAINS?

In the early morning hours of 3 February 1943, the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was crowded to capacity, carrying 902 servicemen, merchant seamen, and civilian workers. Once a luxury coastal liner, the 5,649-ton vessel had been converted into an Army transport ship. The Dorchester, one of three ships in the SG-19 convoy, was moving steadily across the icy waters from Newfoundland toward an American base in Greenland. SG-19 was escorted by Coast Guard Cutters Tampa, Escanaba, and Comanche.

The 54th Annual Four Chaplains Banquet

Come join us for the 54th Annual Four Chaplains Banquet, which will start the one-year count-down to the 80th Anniversary of the Four Chaplains story. On February 3, 1943, the Four Chaplains “lived their call” when they helped save 230 passengers on the sinking U.S.A.T. Dorchester. Our mission is to tell the story of the Four Chaplains to help promote acts of selfless service and interfaith cooperation in individuals and organizations. Each year at our banquet, we tell the story of the Four Chaplains and honor individuals who have lived their lives serving their communities. 

SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION

Support our ongoing mission by becoming an Annual Member or renewing your Annual Membership.

We rely on the generosity of individuals, veterans, civic, and fraternal organizations, corporations, and foundations to support our mission.

OUR CHAPEL

Since the late 1940’s the Chapel of the Four Chaplains has been telling the story of the Four Chaplains and encouraging selfless sacrifice and interfaith cooperation. On February 15, 2001, the Chapel of the Four Chaplains moved to 1201 Constitution Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19112 the site of a 1942 World War II Navy Chapel.